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Album Review

...Nothing Above My Shoulders But the Evening refers to the inexplicable freedom of headlessness...Keyboards and guitar by Ray, including guest musician Daniel Kobialka on violin, and others on flute, viola, French horn, piano, oboe, English horn, trumpet and more. As you can see, Ray's used more acoustic instruments this time and should appeal to a wide range of music lovers...

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Open your heart, expand your mind

Ray Lynch's music manages to express the spaciousness of an opened mind and the sweet pain of one's heart cracking open. Let this exquisitely beautiful music wash over you. His arrangements combine the pure clarity of synth tones with the earthiness of classsical instrumentation in inspiring harmonies. I hope Ray realizes how grateful people are for his music.

Nothing is Everything

'Nothing Above My Shoulders' is generally an album of moods, from the upbeat 'Over Easy' to the slightly mournful but reflective 'The Vanished Gardens of Cordoba'. A beautifully composed album easily suited for those quiet moments of introspection. 'Her Knees Deep in Your Mind' with its sublte meloncholy harmonies sinks deep into your heart as well. And in 'Mesquite', Mr. Lynch provides us with an additional boast to our senses. You can almost smell the aroma of sage in the air and coffee boiling on a campfire as you listen. A restful album to enjoy free from distractions. well worth adding to your collection.

Compelling Album

You can hear Lynch's classical roots in this exceedingly passionate album. Every song is majestic, but my favorite is "Her Knees Deep in Your Mind", with it's depth of feeling and moving melodies. I also love his "Deep Breakfast" album, very different from this one, but vibrates with his distinctive musical style.


Born: July 3, 1943 in Salt Lake City, UT

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Though he's one of the most influential artists in "new age pop" and adult alternative circles, Lynch has extensive formal music training. Inspired by Andres Segovia's classical guitar recordings, Lynch studied the instrument in Barcelona, Spain, in the early '60s. He later attended the University of Texas as a composition student. Toward the end of the decade, Lynch moved to New York and became a fixture in the city's "early music" scene as a lutenist with Renaissance Quartette. A period of personal...
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