Reviews about Sirens:
Classical Mandolin Society of America (May, 2023, Mandolin Journal):
David “Gus” Garelick, Sirens: Imaginary Journeys for Solo Mandolin
By Robert A. Margo
Imaginary Journeys…is a very substantial work, comprising nearly 80 pages of music and commentary. The text is well written, thoughtful, and highly informative about the music and Garelick’s relationship to it, essential reading for performers….Highly eclectic as befits Garelick’s tastes, the genres cover Greek, eastern Europe, Italian especially (including Ballo Liscio, a Garelick specialty, along with a goodly measure of tarantellas), bluegrass, and jazz (a beautiful, melancholy tune, “Going Away,” with unusual harmonies). There really is the proverbial something for everyone and even if one’s tastes are narrower than Garelick’s to begin with, they will expand (for the better) by sampling the wide variety of styles in this book.
A labor of love, the production side of Imaginary Journeys is excellent. The music is nicely type-set, very easy to read, and there is wonderful artwork by Karen Bell, Tracy Grisman, Steve Della Maggiora,and Maurice Lapp. The striking, overall book design is by Charylu Roberts, and the cover design is by Lorna Johnson with cover art by Karen Bell.