Lori grew up near Seattle, Washington, which is known to
be an area that inspires a melancholy mood in winter and
complete appreciation for life in the summer. This music
reflects many moods.
After moving to California and forming a band called Strata,
Lori’s path led her across America to Washington, DC. Here she
found solace in writing and recording the songs on this album.
You can feel the influence of these locations in her music.
Her songs seem to draw beauty from the depths of your soul
and open your heart to possibilities. They were written during a
time in Lori’s life when she was seeking an escape from her
hectic daily existence.
The first song is an expression of longing on the surface,
however on a deeper level it is really the key to unlocking the
rest of the album.
Lori Hawk’s voice permeates the darkness in the haunting
“listening for you.” In absolute longing, her voice echoes
from deep within the caves of the heart and soul. It seems to
move up and out and to the top of a mountain.
Princess Mary is almost playful
until you actually read the words and contemplate the deeper
After the first two songs, fascinating lyrics start to weave
through your mind like a river gently inviting you into deeper
contemplation. You are immersed in each story as the almost
living lyrics lead the rhythm in the songs.
While this is alternative, her music has a lyrical magic all
of its own. There are definite interweaving of new age, modern
folk, rock, Celtic and Eastern influences.
Lori’s voice is free to dance within a world of keyboards,
acoustic guitars, drums, Didjeridu, tar, riqq and buffalo drum.
The music follows her and envelops her voice willingly on this
Alive in this Dream is actually
a collection of songs focusing on recurring themes and patterns.
Lori came to a realization that people around her were going
through similar struggles.
Alive was born during the
realization that we often shield ourselves from the truth in a
intellectual dance. Once you know this song was written after
Lori watched a friend avoid a relationship she really wanted to
have, it just opens up into story of love that seems inevitable.
She paints images of letting someone walk away in the rain and
the angst that follows.
You move from an ethereal trance of idealism to a realization
of being awake in the dream of your own making, reality.
“Descending this morning from heaven to earth
The mist took me back remembering that cry
Asleep I let go of my life before birth
For today I return on wings from the sky.” ~Today
Lori Hawk’s creativity and poetic expression defies
Her voice is sensuous, clear and stunning in its
power. Yet, in a whisper, her voice can change into a comforting
delicate beauty that can slowly intoxicate you unlike any other
music I’ve experienced. This is especially true in “As You
Hold Me.” Her lyrics are beyond compare. It has taken me weeks
to see the deeper meanings and this fascinates me.
For the Kings has a surprisingly
powerful moment of rhythm that bursts from the calm. Lori’s
voice seems to take off into an ecstatic dance across the
Egyptian night sky. This seems to display her love for being
unconfined by rigid structure.
Oracle is absolutely magical. Hand
to the Wall seems to express Lori’s love for the study
of the ultimate nature of existence because she sings about how
she is “feeling for the truth ahead.”
I really have been listening to this CD for weeks and I’m
rather addicted. I hope Lori has more albums in the making
because her music is superior in quality and spirit.
Alive in this Dream is a
lush collection of memories, longings, dreams, poetry and
creative images of nature woven between pure ripples of sound.