A Review of the CD
"Morning Light"
by Paula Joy Welter


"Morning Light"
by Paula Joy Welter

Copyright 1995
Starry Sky Music (BMI)
P.O. Box 1066
Lotus, CA 95651
http://songs.com/noma/pjw/
mailto:paulajoy@calweb.com

This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 10/98
"Kevin and Maxine’s Celtic & Folk Music CD Reviews"
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Love, loss, anger, sadness, gratitude---Paula Joy Welter puts her head and heart on display for all to hear in her initial CD "Morning Light." Offering straightforward lyrics and imagery, this is mainly a quiet, Sunday morning-type release yet it contains a power that forces the conscientious listener into examining the condition of his or her relationships with loved ones and friends.

"Joanna's Gift," a revelatory offering that takes an everyday, mundane occurrence (shopping) and turns it into a moment of comforting human connection, is the strongest song here. Welter sings:

This one is guaranteed to have you reaching for the tissue box.

On another strong cut, "A Sky With No Blue," Welter mourns the loss of a relationship:

Barbara Higbie on piano and Jim Rothermal on soprano sax add excellent touches in creating the right mood here.

Recalling a vexing encounter with proselytizing evangelists in "Blessed Be The Fool," Welter philosophically counters their dogmatic rigidness with:

As a parting offering, she says: Norton Buffalo's excellent harmonica backing here blends well with the lyrics.

"Long Ago" laments the loss of "escaping" to new and sometimes exotic places as a child through the reading of such wonderful books like "A Secret Garden" and "Beautiful Joe." Welter sings:

Driven by percussion and congas in, "The Kiss Before The Fall," Welter, in the latter part of the chorus, conveys a strong jolt of emotion with her voice: This is the rare CD that gets you fully involved in the spectrum of feelings that make up the human experience. I cannot imagine someone listening to these songs without experiencing some strong reactions as a result of many of the offerings here.

Welter possess a solid voice and Nina Gerber provides superb production values here, in addition to her guitar work. Other musicians featured include: Karen Almquist, David Balakrishnan, Cary Black, Joe Goldmark, Dorothy Hawkinson, Laurie Lewis, Vicki Randle, John Reischman, Sally Van Meter, and Kris Yenney.

Track List:

All songs by Paula Joy Welter.


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