Mark Holland's album of flute music FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS is appropriately subtitled "Songs for Healing and Peace." The music here is quiet, acoustic, and serene, evoking feelings of inner stillness and well being. Holland is one of the most respected practitioners of the Native American flute tradition, and his range is on prominent display here. He plays a variety of differently registered flutes made from various types of wood--each of which has its own voice, timbre, and effect.
Among Holland's original compositions are versions of "Amazing Grace" and "Be Still My Soul," and the selection of these devotional songs is perfectly in keeping with the artist's spiritual expressions. The entire album has a hushed, intensely focused feel that is stirring, but the overall effect is one of calm. FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS is serious yet soothing music that lends itself to everything from prayer to meditation to simple after-work relaxation.