NOW IN DIGITAL, INTERACTIVE FORM! Companion to the CD of the same name.
Original Songs & Tunes by Steve Eulberg for Mountain and Hammered Dulcimers Inspired by a Jean Ritchie poem of the same title, I Celebrate Life! is the title track of a collection of original songs and tunes written for Mountain and Hammered Dulcimer by award-winning singer-songwriter and musician, Steve Eulberg.
In his hands, the dulcimers reveal their many different characters: from old-time hoe-down, to sweet lyrical poetry, to bent-note blues and mystical eastern drones. Landscapes and portraits are painted with colorful hues as the listener is transported from the shores of Lake Michigan to the snowy springtime Rocky Mountains, from the gently falling first flakes of winter to the Ozarks of Missouri, from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to the brewing summer storms of Colorado. But more than a travelogue, these tunes are also sonic journal of the artist’s interior and exterior journeys. Eulberg, a 5-time winner and 3-time finalist in the National Mountain and Hammered Dulcimer Championships, has gathered into one collection the tunes he’s been composing for these instruments since he began playing them 25 and 21 years agThis collection is his book is also entitled, I Celebrate Life!
The recording is a sampling of 22 previously unrecorded tunes. As one reviewer has commented, “This is a Double Album of Original Dulcimer tunes…the best yet!” I Celebrate Life! follows Eulberg’s 2003 release, ‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime, which was featured on United Airlines Inflight Audio during the holiday season of that year.
This book also includes musical notation/tablature for 5 tunes recorded on his 2001 release, Soaring, whose title track is featured in the soundtrack of the PBS television show Roadtrip Nation (episode 10) which aired summer 2005.
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Listen to all the tracks here:
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1. Ferret Frolic (3:00)
2. I Celebrate Life! (4:17)
3. Cracking Open a New Century (2:52)
4. Seton Sands (3:10)
5. Snowbow at Sky (3:30)
6. O Virgin–ee-i-a (4:41)
7. Dancing With Wu-Li (3:11)
8. Old Shoe Waltz (3:30)
9. Mt. Jackson/Just a Sliver Short of Full (4:28)
10. We Are An Answer to Prayer (4:56)
11. Byword Tower (3:25)
12. Pining Hearts (3:43)
13. First Snow (3:45)
14. Portage River (2:29)
15. Summer Storm (3;14)
16. Jumpin’ Java (4:04)
17. One Sweet Sabbath Breath (2:17)
18. Elk in the Meadow (2:33)
19. Woodland Acres Waltz (3:09)
20. Connie’s Jig (2:31)
21. Bedtime in the Meadow (3:20)
Neal Walters, Dulcimer Players News
“…Steve is a superb dulcimer player by any standard, a positive and giving person and a first-rate composer with a unique knack of writing tunes that fit the instrument perfectly. I Celebrate Life! is his magnum opus, and I recommend it highly.”
E. H. King, Country Western Corner
“.a collection of 21-Treasures from the past and sprinkled with some new instrumentals. The “Master” of Strings, Steve’s music is currently being played in the US, the UK, New Zealand for his many fans in Australia and Europe. “Ferret Frolic” to “Bedtime in the Meadow” it becomes a fantastic journey in sounds.”
Ron Drury, DJ from Nebraska
“I Celebrate Life! iis one of the best lyrical and instrumental gifts of life for 2005 and beyond. This CD is the best in honest advertisement–it truly does celebrate life!”
Jan Hammond, Ohio
“Steve Eulberg’s I Celebrate Life! is an undispurted “feel good” collection of mountain and hammered dulcimer music. From the rollicking first track, “Ferret Frolic” through the sensitive “First Snow” to the final selection…each piece is unique and a joy to listen to. The production and instrumental work is outstanding. Steve’s vocals are rich and full on several songs….”
Esther Kreek, Dulcimer Player
“….very enjoyable to listen to–good variety. I especially liked “Cracking Open A New Century” and “One Sweet Sabbath Breath.”
Kent Gustavson, Musician
“….stunning! I love the sound of your instruments, and the joy with which you play!”
Ben Seymour, Dulcimer Player and Builder
“[I] particularly like “Dancing With Wu-Li.” Tasty!”