'Living Totem' was carefully crafted as the companion CD for the latest book,'My Own Tree', by published author, Shirlee Hall. Shirlee is well known to thousands of fans who have bought her books at booksellers like Barnes and Nobles. Her best known work is an instant classic called : 'Be-Embracing the Mystery.' The music on 'Living Totem' is best described as upbeat 'chill' music. On the one hand it is relaxing, but on the other hand it is alive with a positive vibe. Soothing without feeling like a sedative. It is also the soundtrack for a unique music driven, color driven, affirmation driven walking meditation method that was over a year in the making. This meditation has been thoroughly workshop tested and tweaked. It helps one's balance, focus and mood in a very transcendental way. Not only did I compose, perform and record the music itself - I also use it to enhance the aforementioned meditation technique with excellent results. I would reccommend it to anyone - especially to people who have had difficulty with more traditional meditation. And, if one does'nt have the time for meditating on a given day, the musical content of the CD is definitely a stand-alone product. ... Dave Glenn Alley ...