Lisa Lynne wears her heart on her harp strings with music full of romance and a yearning for a simpler, more innocent time.

Lisa Lynne wears her heart on her harp strings with music full of romance and a yearning for a simpler, more innocent time. A former heavy metal bass player, including a stint with Vixen, this Celtic harpist essays a much gentler sound these days. Lynne doesn't dazzle with dynamic playing and her rhythms often plod in a desultory march, but she sneaks up behind you with melodies so serene that they sometimes disappear. After recording with the Persian Lian Ensemble on her last album, Maiden's Prayer, Lynne returns to her chamber folk sound with arrangements that have a Renaissance air, employing cello, guitar, and the bamboo flutes, whistles and recorders of her longtime partner, George Tortorelli. Lynne has been conducting harp workshops at City of Hope, a cancer research and treatment center near Los Angeles, and her work there has shaped the gently caressing tone of Hopes & Dreams.——JD

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