I started playing guitar in the early 70's when I was in Junior High. When I started working at a record store 6 years later I finally learned what playing guitar really meant when I began listening to Earl Klugh. Heart String is a masterpiece. This album was my favorite and was best listened to staring out at the full moon on a crystal clear night on the beach with the one you love. (Especially Acoustic Lady I and Heart String Reprise) Earl Klugh is what excellence is all about. The mix of strings and orchestration with the ballads is magical and haunting and the percussion mix on the faster paced songs is reminiscent of the islands on Acoustic Lady II. I had never heard such a mix of styles before that time and see that it was considered jazz. His other CD's like "Late Night Guitar", Love Songs and Ballads are simply wonderful too, (I especially LOVE Christina on the Ballads CD!) but "Heart Strings" will always be special to me. It's like your first love, that holds a special place in your heart that you never forget and it changes everything for you.