A Review of the Jayme Kelly Curtis CD
"Sugar & Sand"
"Sugar & Sand"
by Jayme Kelly Curtis
P.O. Box 1478
Boulder Creek, CA 95006
This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 1/05
What stands out most memorably from Jayme Kelly Curtis' music is her voice--strong, clear and passionately expressive.
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What stands out most about this particular release is Curtis' clever and clear
identification of three-part division of her offerings: the first is headed "The Journey Begins With A Psychedelic
Attitude," the middle is "Part Two Showcases Jayme's Love Of The
Blues" and she concludes with "Part Three Segues Into Folkloric Jazz
Check that. What stands out most here is a certain member of her backing band. (With tongue planted firmly in cheek) how
she was able to persuade George W. Bush to take time out from his
re-election campaign and help out on the title cut "Sugar and Sand" is
simply remarkable. Yes, Mr. President supplies a few well-chosen and by
now familiar words and phrases in a cut that ponders how to determine
daily reality from the media glut and spin in this country--just how
does one locate and discern the true nuggets from the fool's gold?
Our Lady of Boulder Creek also outshines Dr. Phil with her
straightforward advice to men on what makes for a truly happy home. In
the folksy, bluesey "Do The Dishes, Too" she offers:
"...Before you start to whistling that honeymoon tuneI think we now have in place a 2005 definition for a Renaissance Man.
Let's see what you can do with a mop and broom
Do me right all through the night
But do the dishes, too..."
Going bluesey again with "The Earthquake That Was You," Curtis laments:
"It's been 10 long years since the earthquake that was youShe cleverly continues:
10 long years since you told me we were through
10 long years since you found somebody new
10 long years that I've still been loving you...">
"...We spend our whole lives searchingCurtis goes sensual with "Into the Night" singing:
for the half that makes us whole
We spend our whole lives searching
for the rock that makes us roll..."
"Into the night we go
Into the nice and slow
Into that moonlit, velvet time
That lover's know..."
"...Let the lips meet in the darkMixing the divine with what we bounce off of and what we embrace during
life's journey is the theme of "Tall Poppies." Autumn Hancock's violin
flickers like flames of love in "Past Lives." The siren call to be a
musician are the motifs of "Blues With The Boys" and "When I Was Still
a Girl." "The Pretty Eye (That Sees Only You)" evocatively describes
the bountiful elements of a relationship but cautions about the need to
also remain as individuals.
Let the hands ignite the spark
Let us breathe the bliss of love"
Different styles on the musical spectrum, intriguing lyrics and the same enchanting voice make this release a trifecta. Enjoy.
Jayme Kelly Curtis on vocals, harmony vocals, acoustic guitar and
baritone ukulele is backed by Autumn Hancock on violin; Rick Walker on
percussion, brushed frame drum, liquid glass ghatam and kanjara; Jack
Marshall on fretless electric bass; Radim Zenkl on fujara, mandolin,
pennywhistle, low whistle and didgeridoo; Walter Bankovitch on Kurzwell
PC-88 electric piano; Dave Meniketti on electric guitar; Carol McComb
on dobro; Mimi Hills on acoustic upright bass; Mark Fenichel on
harmonica; George Demarest on trumpet and flugelhorn; Jeff Smith on
National steel guitar and...George Bush as himself
All songs by Jayme Kelly Curtis.
- Past Lives (5:07)
- Running Start (3:47)
- Sugar and Sand (3:47)
- Blues with the Boys (3:53)
- The Earthquake That was You (3:30)
- When I was Still a Girl (3:50)
- Do the Dishes, Too (2:34)
- Into the Night (3:00)
- Shore of Wakefulness (4:07)
- Pretty Eye (3:51)
- Tall Poppies (4:58)
- From a Simple Joy (2:53)
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