Amy Meyers has to be the most positive person in music outside of those crazy "Up With America" types, if they still exist. After a few times through the album, I read reviews and sat through a handful of screenings of Meyers' YouTube clips (Five have been posted by her, a couple of those in the childrens' section, so to speak). A few more times through the album, a long break, a few more times through and it hit me. Meyers is HAPPY (or at least, content), and if she isn't, she sure knows how to pull the wool over the eyes. You hear it in her voice. Better yet, you hear it in her music.
Don't get me wrong. The subject is not always that positive. No Turning Back is about the futility of mankind and its penchant for war. Hate To Cry is maybe about love, maybe the struggle with life, it's not really clear. Long Throw, absolutely about love. Summer Town, images of a change of season. In the Clouds, a change of life. You get the idea. All good songs, but more important than that, each centered on a simple theme of hope. You hear them and walk away feeling better. For the next few minutes, if nothing else.
Meyers has a unique way of phrasing that caught me a little off guard, at first. Her voice wavers slightly, especially when she extends her notes, but it grew on me after a few songs. It is a pleasant voice, a nice voice, and how could you not like the positive inflections? They fit the music to a 'T'.
For myself, one track stands far and away above the others—the aforementioned No Turning Back. A jazzy tune, something one might play at night with the lights turned down, it floats on minor chords and brushed drums and a clarinet like you hear all too seldom—and those background vocals… This is a good album, no doubt, but No Turning Back is a great track and one wonders if maybe Meyers might, just for one album, do us a favor and sing a little lounge jazz. She has the pipes and especially has the feeling. It's just a thought, but one I thought worth mentioning.
Meyers recorded a number of CDs before this and I might just go back through and check them all out. People who know me know how big a fan of sampling I am and the music is there for the hearing. I might even take a gander at Trains and Hens, her album of children's songs I grew up with (just try to get someone to sing Old MacDonald Had a Farm these days…they look at you like you're nuts) and, hey, Episode #1 of her kids' show is showing occasionally on Comcast.
See what I mean? I can't help but smile. Life is good.
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