Release Date: December 1, 2023
David Wahler's story of recovery from near-death cancer of the
lungs is a miracle. I experienced the same last year at this time when I got
sepsis and recovered in time to be home on Christmas with my family. David and
I could have died, and many do. Yet here we are celebrating the man's music
on Blue Rose.
What I found different and interesting was how each track had
its cover art, and it broke down one by one on iTunes. So, in addition to the
thought of what you were hearing, you could look at the message of each cover.
The significance of blue roses holds many meanings; however, in
the Japanese language of flowers, blue roses mean "a dream come
true," which is appropriate for David.
"Once Upon Another Time" starts the recording with a
delicate dream-like atmosphere. Its soft, entrancing entrance into your
consciousness is a welcome 4:33 minutes. The artwork is a person walking on a
barren landscape with the time to tell the story or create one in the
loneliness or serenity of the moment, whichever may apply.
"Bernadette's Dream" continues the lovely patterns of
unearthly flow; it is a touch of grace knocking at heaven's door, so beautiful.
The artwork is mystical and universal in a thought process.
"II Addio (The Farewell)" shows a heart-shaped sunset
with several birds flying over the water towards the light. In this track,
after fighting for four years for his life, the artist was getting ready to
accept his flight to a new life, and then he received his once-in-a-lifetime
miracle that changed everything. The sadness of the music draws you in and
makes you reflective and thoughtful.
"Just A Thought" is soft and warm, gently inviting you
into the space and time of an artist expressing his emotions through his
talented fingers on the keyboard and following his muse. Will you follow, too?
"Blue Rose," the title track, is the most significant.
A steady back rhythm has the keys floating over the top like a cloud floats by
on a beautiful bright day in the summer. Wordless vocals accompany the notes,
giving it all a nice touch.
" Red," with its simplistic yet striking artwork for
the track, shows a lighter image behind the text, the heart. The heart is a
magnificent organ in the body that interconnects everything we are inside and
out. The pace of the music is like a heartbeat going slowly, then faster, then
smoothing out for a more regular flow. The music emulates the most critical
organ in the body and paints the necessary picture.
"Dark Eyes" is a stark black-and-white photo of a
person from India. The eyes are black and deep as the music digs down into your
soul with the tinkling of a bell, the harp sounds, and echoing synths to
capture the importance and feeling of the image and a track title. Will the
darkness of the eyes find the light it seeks?
"Come" shows a vast cement wall with an extensive yet
thin opening in the middle of the structure with intense light in the door. The
light beckons you, and the walls will disappear as you walk through the space.
The artist may have acknowledged it was okay to reach for the light. A woman's
voice says, "Don't be scared." The music is very deliberate, with the
sound of a violin and the lovely keys with different textures, and towards the
end, the voice enters again and says, "Come."
"Soliloquy" is a picture of a person on cracked and
weathered marble, as seen in an ancient Roman temple. The music holds sadness
and unmatched beauty, like that temple still standing after thousands of years.
The meaning of the word is an
act of speaking one's thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any
hearers, especially by a character in a play. Is life a play,
and we are the actors? In this case, it's the reality of life spoken through
gorgeous music. Is the music speaking to you?
"Little Sparrow" finalizes this incredible journey of
a man facing death and finding a way to deal with it day and year by year and
finally getting his wings to fly again to continue life. What a blessing and
the lessons that he learned on his travels. The piano sounds like it's calling
to you and letting you know it's time to move on. The synths enhance the layers
of color and energy as you joyously fly away with the music.
Blue Rose was unexpectedly presented to me differently
than usual and was a pleasant surprise. The invitation to look at each track as
a separate entity and the corresponding artwork flowed like a storybook,
creating a complete experience.
If you enjoy keyboards with various other instruments intermingled amongst the keys, this will be one you will want to take advantage of.
Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-NAMR Founder
December 22, 2023
01. Once Upon Another Time (4:33)
02. Bernadette’s Dream (3:04)
03. II Addio (The Farewell) (4:52)
04. Just A Thought (3:16)
05. Blue Rose (3:53)
06. Red (3:18)
07. Dark Eyes (3:26)
08. Come (3:46)
09. Soliloquy (5:44)
10. Little Sparrow (4:07)