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:
On another strong cut, "A Sky With No Blue," Welter mourns the loss of a relationship:
Recalling a vexing encounter with proselytizing evangelists in "Blessed Be The Fool," Welter philosophically counters their dogmatic rigidness with:
"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:
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.
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