I guess everyone has different things that they hold dear in life. For his sixth solo album, musician Timothy Wenzel made a list of the things that he holds dear -- people, music, nature, our world, spirituality, dreams, special places and water -- and used them as inspiration for the music. Can’t argue with that. Someone else might put movies, sports or a good bottle of wine or their list, but that would be their list. But inspiration aside, how the heck does the music sound (you might ask)? If you like quality instrumental new age music with numerous different instruments featured, you have come to the right place.

Wenzel uses his main instrument, piano, to set up the melodies in most of his tunes, and then he uses synthesizer to call up a wealth of other instrument sounds (guitar, flute, strings, bass, percussion and more) to broaden the music into an ensemble sound like weaving an expensive and expansive tapestry. But does he stop there? Oh, no. Then he brings in violinist Josie Quick on ten of the twelve pieces, and cellist Jordan Schug on six tunes. This livens up the music since each musician brings their expertise to the table, and allows a certain amount of back-and-forth action between them. Granted Quick contributes more lead lines and up-front sounds than Schug, but both add a richness and depth to the music.

Some highlights include “In A Little While” (flute and delicate piano plus violin and light drums), the spiritual “Ascension” (nice blend of cello, bass and guitar), and “A Spring Day in Autumn” (strong piano alongside violin and cello). “Desert Dream” includes some vocalizing by Sarah Joerz (so the album is not entirely instrumental, as I mentioned earlier). Wenzel has a knack for creating appealing new age-styled music. If you like new age music, grab this one.