|The Art of David Rankine|
A review of this the Healing Space CD
Very rarely do we, the listeners of
New Age music, get the opportunity to have our ears and minds opened to
music that draws from two or more worlds. One world steeped in ancient
healing music and a second one where new tonalities and progressions reach
toward the future. After recently spending a weekend “gunk holing” (not what
you may fear) in the remoter parts of Georgian Bay while getting to know
“Healing Space” a little better I must say I feel compelled to offer up the
opinion that song writer and musical visionary David Rankine has come very
close to creating what could be called “Bridge” music. That is, not just
music that bridges two ages but two or more cultures and two or more
It seems the essence of David’s music is to blend structured Hebridean and Indo Persian scales and tonalities with a creative, boundary-pushing style that could be called transcendent Celtic chant but that would be too simplistic a moniker. This latest creation by Mr. Rankine which is the soul mate of a spiritually healing book of the same name, co-authored with Sharon Langfield, continues David’s quest to imagine and then create music that bridges us, here and now, as sentient beings to an ageless human consciousness that is something akin to the true story of mankind. That is, something deeper and more primal than the material structured world that lies before us in fact something that transcends that world.
I recommend for anyone who wishes to reach out and feel a truer world that they take the time to cross the bridge with Healing Space and go to a place where Creation and the Artist, Space and Time merge into one powerful vision.
Hopefully the healer within YOU will connect with this music as it did me on my northern voyage on an eastern shore.
Neale Croucher, musician and composer
From aboard S.V. The Dreamcatcher (at North 45deg. 11.900min. by West 080 deg. 5.756 min., Georgian Bay, Canada)