Music of Life
This collection of twelve songs is titled MUSIC OF LIFE, after Elkin's lyrical song of the same name. Among the other selections are Elkin's SONGS IN THE NIGHT and INTO SPIRIT SPACE, which are two different visions of the inner life; two new banjo songs - BEND IN THE ROAD, written about A&E by their old friend, Randy Rogers, and ASHES ON THE WOLF, written with Ron Schuh, Elkin's friend from Wisconsin; a new lullaby called SENECA MOON; a couple of new 12-string songs - Elkin's RUN TO THE RIVER, a powerful piece about the hero's journey, and Aileen's love song, I'LL GO WITH YOU; their versions of songs by two of their favorite artists -- John Denver's PERHAPS LOVE and Bill Staines' THE ROSEVILLE FAIR; Elkin's FOUNTAIN OF LOVE, a musical meditation inspired by Thomas a Kempis' Imitation of Christ; and Aileen's GUARDIAN PINES, about her grandmother's house beneath the Welsh pines. One reviewer wrote the following about this album: 'Aptly titled. All of their music is music for life. Their songs are spiritual tonic. Meloditherapeutic. Rehabilitating, besides just downright good to listen to. If Aileen and Elkin set out to make the listener feel better about life through inspiring, but not preachy thoughts and beautifully arranged songs, they certainly reached their goal. If that was not their intention, then call it a beautiful accident. The title cut, Elkin's 'Music of Life,' sets the tone for this entire collection of inspiring musical poetry, touching on the complete circle-truth of life, knowing that you will fall only to rise again. On the CD jacket, each song is preceded by a commentary which is very important to note as you listen to each song. Note the unique story behind their Texas and Pennsylvania homes preceding 'Guardian Pines.' Each of these songs are beautiful examples of purist folk music. How blessed can two people be to blend so harmoniously together in thought and music. 'I'll Go With You,' written by Aileen, is testament to this sole union of spirits. This CD just makes me feel good and glad to be alive.'