What DO we hold dear? That is the essential question behind all the songs on this album. Is it the mysteries of nature, such as starling Murmuration? Is it those whom we love, as in title song? Perhaps it is the simple beauty of flowing Appalachian Waters. For some, it is Ascension to new levels of being. For others, it is the magic of Incantations. And let us not forget coming back home In A Little While.

Who does not value the wisdom and mystery of a Desert Dream? Or the magical stillness On a Quiet Night? Or to be Hypnotized by someone you love. Or experiencing the mystery of life itself on A Spring Day in Autumn?

Finally, we all need a vision, a lullaby to soothe our souls, our own Turquoise Sky, Emerald Sea.

Composer and instrumentalist Timothy Wenzel offers some of his own feelings, in the form of twelve instrumental pieces that touch on themes such as those whom we love, nature, the magic of the unknown and unexpected, dreams and imagination. Ranging from deeply introspective to playful, these songs can truly touch the soul. What We Hold Dear is Timothy’s sixth solo album. With guest artists Josie Quick (violin), Jordan Schug (cello) and Sarah Joerz (vocals). Mastered by Grammy Award winning engineer Corin Nelson.

Artwork: © Daniel Berard (licensed by Wenzel)