This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 5/06
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Sometimes life gets in the way. Other times, it is finances. For a few, it's writer's block.
Regardless of the reason, do welcome Paula Joy Welter back. Her initial CD, with that heart-melting, tear-inducing cut
"Joanna's Gift," came out way back in 1995. Now she has issued her
second release, offering another distillation of life's ups-and-downs, filtered through a prism of wisdom.
The initial cut, "A Distant Shore," never directly mentions it, but
sure seems to be about Amelia Earhart, the female pilot who broke oh so
many barriers but the final one, gravity. "Deep Within Wisconsin
Green," detailing the moving away from family and home of Welter's
sister, contains this evocative line: "...We waved goodbye an ending
just begun..." Dan Barker on cello adds to the appeal of this
A tribute to her parents 50th wedding anniversary, Welter's "Where Two Rivers Meet"
twines asymmetry and concurrence. The chorus:
"...One knows what the other can't say
In the dissonant places, love is revealed, each day
He stands like an oak tree, she bends like a wild rose
Where two rivers meet, harmonies flow..."
Written while participating in a Bob Franke songwriting workshop, the laudatory
"Broken Wings Mend," a re-envision of
heaven, was influenced by 12 years of Catholic school attendance.
Abetted by Norton
Buffalo on harmonica, Welter depicts a Vietnam vet and his neighbor
serendipitously finding salvation through each other in "Rivers Run
"Uncharted Skies" is a companion piece with the harmonic convergence of
two physically damaged souls.
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