" Consolation is an uplifting experience for the ears. This is the sound of hope "
After reaching into my mailbox and ripping open a manila envelope, I find myself holding a CD that visually peaks my curiosity. There appears to be a white circle on the cover which is emanating rays of different shades of purple. No artist name, no album name…just the light. On the binding of the CD is the word Consolation. I can guess that this is the name of the album, but still no real indication of what my ears should expect. I then turn to the back of the CD and find a small clue as to what this album might sound like. The word Consolation is followed by a Prelude entitled The Secret Nuptials. Following the prelude are nine more tracks which are written in roman numerals and accompanying song titles.
Lastly, this track listing ends with a closing caption of “Transition Fullness,” very interesting indeed. On the bottom I find just a small hint as to who is responsible for this. It reads “A music composed by Marc Beziat “. This is a bold move in a music business where name is everything and the more you can promote yourself, the better. This tells me that Marc is relying on his music to speak for him. Let’s hear what he has to say…
We begin with the opening track which starts us off with a very minimal piano sound which slowly gets heavier and deeper in nature. Strings rise with a chorus of voices then quickly fade away. This opening track is entitled, The Secret Nuptials and is referred to on the album as the prelude. We then continue our journey with a song called Edge of the Lake Melody. This is a very uplifting piece that is dominated by strings and instantly, I am sent into a daydream. Next we reach the song that Marc calls, The Wound Healed. This piece involves many different transitions of sound with equal parts of horns, strings, piano, chorus, and woodwind instruments; a truly pure sound. Solace is the next stop on what has become an unprecedented journey. This song reminds me of a ballroom waltz. It is a little slower in nature and overall carries a very majestic quality. We now find ourselves midway through Consolation and on to the song Unification Singing, where we find ourselves rising above and taking flight. Fraternity is exploring the soul and begins to race midway and then closes in perfect harmonies. Our next song, The Allayed Walk, focuses more heavily on strings and woodwind instruments with a little piano thrown in for a splash of color on the leaves. Now for Consolations next track, Beautiful Nature; this song is just that, the beautiful nature of sound. Cello & deep undertones are showcased here and are a perfect example of why the cello is one of my favorite instruments. I know it’s one of yours too. Next we move onto Serenity which is a quieter piece. This song allows me to reach into a deep meditative state and look back on the entire album thus far. It also serves as an introduction to the last two pieces composed on Consolation: The Free Movement & Fullness. These songs serve as an epic ending to this audible adventure. They rise to climax in an aura of voices all destined toward the heavens.
After listening to Consolation I decided to do a little research on Marc Beziat. The most astonishing thing that I found was that March Beziat encountered music in his 28th year. After listening to his album, Consolation, It is difficult to believe that the composer of this music has not been crafting his skill for a lifetime. Consolation is an uplifting experience for the ears. This is the sound of hope.