Let me start with a confession, it was close to 50 years ago that I met the Flute, a manic madman, Ian Anderson and his band Jethro Tull. A little magician standing on one leg, wild hair, and playing Aqualung.

OK, over the years I have discovered that the flute has a wider audience than Prog Rockers leaping around the stage on one foot and wearing a ‘cod piece’.

The flute is a very versatile weapon. And in the hands of an expert like Monica Williams you start to gain an appreciation of this oft overlooked instrument.

There are many questions I would like to ask Monica, Top of the list is the tittle, Journey Of Tears, it sounds so depressing. But the music is not.

Yes some of the tracks have a tinge of melancholy. Is it possible that the flute was designed to bring bad news? I don’t think so, but it certainly can be used as the harbinger of bad news.

The flute is an instrument that can be paired with an endless number of instruments to create fabulous creations. A good example is track 5 ‘On The Edge’, the addition of a simple hand played drum turns the track into a masterpiece.

Another track that I cannot stop listening to is Wandering (track 8). There is something in the background, is it natural or electronic? I don’t know, but it certainly belongs.

Wrapping up the album is The Great Beyond (track 10), here we meet the ethereal voice of Alexa Nodromia.

Monica has a web site bayareaflutist.com where you can sample some of her work.




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