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listen  4. Two As One 4:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Your Eyes In The Candlelight 5:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Addicted To You 4:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. For You 5:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Moonglow 5:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 1, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Narada
  • ASIN: B00074CC6E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,426 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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With song titles like "Swimming in a Lovely Sea of You," one might expect Michael Whalen's My Secret Heart to be as deep in the schmaltz as Yanni playing a candlelight étude for Linda Evans. The fact that he avoids a saccharin overdose is one of the few minor successes on this album of ambient piano compositions. Taking cues from artists like Harold Budd and Suzanne Ciani, Whalen orchestrates a series of romantic mood pieces full of deeply echoing piano and electronic effects that shimmer in the background. Like Ciani, he wears his heart on his keyboard. Unlike Budd, however, he lacks the emotional austerity and distance that would allow his music to speak at a deeper level. Although Whalen spends most of his time doing nature documentary soundtracks and jingles, he does have a gift for ambient space, as evidenced by his albums Nightscenes and Like Rain Through My Hands. My Secret Heart fits in as a minor extension of these works, but the maudlin inscriptions--"Two as One" or "Addicted to You"--wouldn't pass muster on a Hallmark Valentine's Day card. Absent any irony, they trigger an automatic gag reflex that's only slightly overcome by music that deserves better. --John Diliberto

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It is perfect for relaxation.
A. Smith
At the end of the song I had a tear in my eye as something deep inside resonated with this beautiful music.
Old Gray Moose
Listening to the CD on the way to or from work is a great way to ease the commute.
Ruth A. Sullivan

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Diane Arkenstone on February 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
From the moment I first heard Michael Whalen's new CD, "My Secret Heart", I was absolutely captivated. I adore this CD. The music is quite beautiful and evocative, it is as if Michael captured a piece of Heaven in his hands, and it spilled forth and transformed into this beautiful music.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Peter Giles on February 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"My Secret Heart, romantic meditations for ambient piano" is by far Whalen's most ambitious and revealing project to date. Imagine all your deepest, darkest secrets hanging out for the world to see? Well, that is what is embodied in this album.

From the first track, "I Have Loved You For A Thousand Lifetimes," Whalen succeeds at what I think is the fundamental goal of this album: to make the music accessible and inviting to the listener. Even deeper: to show a side of Michael that few people get to see-a vulnerability, a longing, an HONESTY...who hasn't wanted to express these emotions???

Whalen has chosen exactly the right notes, at the right time, giving ample time for each shimmering note to breathe. More important, the simplicity of this CD invites you into Michael's world, which is about music he cares about expressing-because of who he is, and what he believes in.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trish on May 7, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I was immediately mesmerized on hearing this on Soundscapes. Michael Whalen has composed and performed the most haunting and lingering piano sounds I have heard in a long time. You feel each piano note deeply, sometimes holding a breath not wanting to miss its penetrating moment. It is not only seductive it is intoxicating. I have played it for listening and for dining, all my friends and guests are captivated by it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Smith on February 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I am a LMT and I purchased this cd for song #1- I overheard on XM radio. This cd is awesome. I never get tired of it. It is perfect for relaxation. I play it at home and at work.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rc Whalen on February 6, 2005
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Being partially responsible for this album, I feel Michael presents a very nice tribute to Harold Budd & Brian Eno with a New York feel that showcases his considerable technical abilities. The music is much cooler than the cover suggests, but that is just another reason to own this lovely series of New York images. The constantly spinning Betamax tape Michael recalls in the notes contained Eno's Ambient Music Vols. 1-3 and The Pearl. Michael's video is also very cool and will hopefully be released soon. Excellent music for pounding SQL code or your significant other late into the evening.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jim Steed on February 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This CD is a must have for all of you true romantics out there. It provides a beautiful sonic backdrop that is perfect for moments when you want to escape life's stresses. Michael's ability to create beautiful melodies entwined with electronic processing, makes for a rich sonic tapestry that is at times sad, yet stirring nonetheless. "I have loved you for a thousand lifetimes" is a standout, with a gorgeous melody. It is also the song for which the video was created. Outstanding! I thoroughly enjoyed this CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin L. Reaves on August 7, 2013
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Michael has a way with melancholy. It's hard to say exactly why I love this so much, other than to say it's beautiful...but that falls short of the truth. It is more and less than beautiful--it is haunting, brilliantly, sadly haunting. I am a writer and I delight in work like this to set the tone for my work. I will look for more from this artist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By One Bad Dog on July 9, 2013
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Michael Whalen is able to create soothing meditative music without all the weird sound effects and fake water and forest sounds of others. Also good for helping you relax at bedtime.
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