A Review of the Heloise Love CD
"Song For The Mira"

"Song For The Mira"
by Heloise Love

Copyright 2005
1835 A.S. Center Parkway
P.O. Box 237
Escondido, CA 92025

This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 6/05
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For her first release, San Diego area-based Heloise Love offers a collection of primarily celtic traditional songs, with amor as its primary theme. Some cuts are from the weak-in-the-knees area of the relationship spectrum, others are not so genial.

The rhythmic nugget "Star Of The County Down" opens the release and paints a picture of pitching woo back in old Eire.

It's followed by the lullaby "Dream Angus," the name for the Scottish 'sandman' who traditionally expects sleep to be achieved by the time he empties his bottle of spirits. If not, sleep will be induced by a crack on the head with it. This is a kinder, gentler version.

"Holding Me" portrays the more uplifting elements of coupling, "Black Is The Color" starts positive but finishes as a lament while "Let Him Go, Let Him Tarry" depicts personal liberation via the discarding a "deadweight" mate.

Credit Love for tackling one of the all-time great songs, Kate Wolf's "Across The Great Divide." Her version is admirable but isn't quite as wistful as the original.

"Somebody" is the standout cut here with vocals, lyrics, guitar and fiddle forming an elegant, touching and memorable combination.

"Wild Mountain Thyme" works wonderfully as Love sings it at a slower-than-usual pace.

Andy M. Stewart's tearjerker, "Where Are You Tonight, I Wonder?," ends on a muted but hopeful note.

With background nature sounds adding dramatic effect, "Song For The Mira" is the closer and another gem. It is also a lullaby-like philosophical cut that looks back with great satisfaction at various moments in life.

Does this release pass the choice-of-song test? Yes. Love has made some fine selections, ones that match well with her vocals. Hers is not a bold and brassy style, veering more to the tender and vulnerable, which dovetails well with the subtle instrumental backing here.

Someone named Love singing about her namesake. Let's call it a musical version of harmonic convergence.

Heloise Love on vocals and guitar, is backed by Richard Heinz on vocals, piano and keyboards; Randy Sterling on guitar, percussion, banjo, mandolin and bass; David Morgan on guitar, mandolin and dobro; Bob Woldin on guitar; Maury Richmond on fiddle and Claus Sellier on mandolin.

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