Native American flute playing as "a way to give voice to your soul without speaking.
This self-taught musician/composer's soul has been singing, wailing, rejoicing, and lamenting through her
original, strictly instrumental, compositions since 1993.
Yet, for Lynn
the songwriter, melding words and music is a much more recent phenomenon.
may have attempted a song or two early on, she
hadn't quite found her
voice as a poet and as a songstress until a friend prompted her
to become involved in a local writers' guild in September of 2001.
It was at this point that a latent singer/songwriter began to emerge.
first serious attempts, Lynn
has penned more than 40 original songs, many of which she
has been playing and singing at local coffee shops, poetry readings, and musical showcases since October 2001.
multi-colored and multi-textured singing voice and her
unique open tuning guitar stylings make it easy for her
to express this newfound musical vocabulary, she
still enjoys mixing things up and staying true to her
beginnings by including at least one set of flute music whenever she
On a new five-song CD release entitled Five Rough Cuts - a timely follow-up to the instrumental, flute-based The Night Has Eyes - Lynn
has succeeded in capturing the intimacy of her
live vocal/guitar performances and in unveiling her
spiritual and deeply personal songwriting talents.
Underlying the bluesy chord progressions and catchy melody of "Love Take Me Higher," the CD's first cut, is a painfully emotional tale of a close friend's unsuccessful battle with heroin addiction and the writer's ongoing attempt to come to terms with a profound and devastating loss.
Turning the looking glass even more inward, Lynn
wrestles with her
own psyche in "Thoughts and Recognitions," a song inspired by a significant turning point in her
life when she
was beginning to choose between sticking to a well paying, but stifling, career as a "dot-com" tech and the thrilling but uncertain prospect of venturing out into the world of the independent musical artist.
"I'm always asking the big questions," she
"These are the lenses through which I view the world.
While most of her
songs come from personal inspiration, she
strives for universalism in her
songwriting, something, which allows listeners to make an instantaneous connection to her
Also, immediately identifiable is an innovative yet comforting musical style strongly rooted in the tradition of folk immortals like Carole King and Joni Mitchell.
At the same time, Lynn
is quick to acknowledge more contemporary influences such as Tracy Chapman, Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls, and Susan Tedeschi.
Not the least bit conspicuous is a sticker on Rosenthal's Charvel acoustic six-string, which reads "Use the Force," underscored by the OM symbol, which marks the sound of the Big Bang - the start of creation.
This one-time religious studies major laughingly admits that because of this very public motto, she
is often mistaken for a Star Wars enthusiast, but she
is quick to point out that her
interpretation and message has much more to do with the interpersonal than the intergalactic.
More to the point, her
message is one of personal activism focused on inspiring "creative positive change."
Living by her words, Lynn Rosenthal has become the founder of Rainbow Hawk Music, a cyber-space residence and supportive community for fellow independent musical artists, which she hopes will one day become a musical cooperative and serious multi-genre independent record label - an anecdote for what she sees as a predominantly image-based, marketing driven music industry.
Rounding out Lynn's cadre of musical and artistic talents is a keen interest in percussion instruments.
is not singing her
own tunes or playing flute, she
can be found teaching hand drumming techniques and backing up other independent musicians and songwriters on bongos, congas, or anything else she
can get a hold of.