Ann Sweeten is an outstanding new age musician who has given us 14 albums over a two-decade-plus career, and each one has been a treasure. Her newest outing is Before Today, Beyond Tomorrow, once again co-produced by noteworthy new age legend Will Ackerman, and featuring musical guests that include new age luminaries such as Nancy Rumbel on English horn and Eugene Friesen on cello and Charlie Bisharat on violin.

Sweeten is a pianist (a Steinway artist) and composer who knows exactly what the new age music audience wants, and she gives it to them. This is beautiful music that is relaxing and soothing, balm for your soul.

I love her song title imagery: “Beyond the Clouds” (one of two tunes where she accompanies herself on synth), “The Empty Swing” (great back-and-forth with the English horn and violin) and “Like Smoke Through a Keyhole” (the only track with a flute).

This music is beyond heartfelt. The notes seem to come from somewhere deep down inside of Ann Sweeten, and fortunately for us, she lets them out into our world. Each note is like a sip of herbal tea or a vitamin supplement adding warm feelings, positive reinforcement and resolute strength to our lives. Thank you, Ann.

For more information, go to her website (annsweeten dot com).