It was in a touristy little head shop in Bar Harbor, Maine, I first heard this music, and I knew I had to have it. I went breathlessly up the counter to ask whether by any chance it might possibly be for sale. Of course it was. I was too naïve to realize that's why the manager had been playing it. Somehow I also had never heard of New Age Music, although I had been a New Ager for 10 years by then.
I don't even like New Age music, never did, but this is different. I've played this again very recently and I still love it. It's upbeat (with the possible exception of "Your Feeling Shoulders"), it's meditative, it has actual musical substance instead of just banal "soothing sounds" and - fair warning - parts of it are, um, perfect music by which to gaze into your husband's eyes by candlelight. Track Two even incorporates actual calls of the Humpback Whale; how fun is that?