Chuck Wild, aka Liquid Mind, has found a formula that works so he has stayed with it. (“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”) Liquid Mind VII: Reflection is definitely within that formula and an improvement at the same time. The basics — colorful drones, gentle atmospheres and euphoric melodies — are there in great quantities and there is a little extra.
(A personal anecdote will clarify the power of this disc).
In my position as a Corrections Addictions Specialist, I work with and serve clientele from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. These men are often hardened criminals and — more often than not — do not want help. In order to be as effective as possible, I am compelled to implement creative treatment plans and modalities. I have instituted a bi-weekly relaxation group in which I use mood music and lighting to create a safety zone.
In my first group in this setting, I used Reflection as the mood definer. I was amazed at how these “hard cases” responded and reacted. They talked about being in their “happy places,” with their families, in God’s presence and “on a gentle brook, floating away.” One hardcore heroin addict described the sense as being the closest he had ever come to the warmth and security of “being in the womb.” (That is a common description of the effect of opiates.)
Now, that treatment mode is not — by any stretch of the imagination — a miracle cure. About one third of my clients do not complete our program and more than half of those who do complete it relapse within a year of their release. My personal experience tells me that the majority of my “successful” clients embrace some of the more radical elements of a holistic recovery plan. While this is not a radical concept to you — our readers — it is to my clients.
The other element that remains the same is the overtone quality of Chuck’s music. His process involves the use of overtones that align and center the body’s biorhythms. It is almost impossible to ignore the psychoactive properties of this disc.
This CD is 2005’s top healing album — so far. There are not enough superlatives in the English language to do it justice. (And I only know a little bit of German — so it will have to do!)