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Review: RED & WHITE CD by Sally Meadows

      Sally Meadow’s latest Christmas CD, RED AND WHITE, presents a nice mix of both the familiar and the new. Sally’s first original song, Beneath the Star, drew me in immediately.  
     
     It seemed a perfect invitation to sit and reflect. So I did. I found myself becoming fascinated by the lyrics and filled with expectation. Sally did not disappoint. To keep me singing along, the lovely medley of familiar hymns [O Come O Come Emmanuel, What Child is This? Away in a Manger, O Come All Ye Faithful and Excelsis Deo,] strategically placed gave me a perfect focus for her peaceful rendition of Silent Night, complete with a delightful background acoustic guitar. Her gentle vibrato is riveting and not overdone.  

      Sally’s next original song, Red and White, stirred emotions yet strangely encouraged me as I wondered about the title. It soon became obvious that Sally is not sharing the trivial trappings of worldly Christmas colours in the beautiful lyrics of this song, but rather, the blood stained Saviour who came as a tiny Babe, yet gave his life for all.  It was like Sally knit all my own doubt, fear, joy and longing into this haunting and reflective piece.
            
     O Holy Night, another traditional song of the season, contains some interesting runs and phrasing in this charming arrangement. I enjoyed the upbeat tempo and at one point I found myself tapping my foot in delight.
            
     The Boy Who Will Be King, started out as another familiar carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem but within moments I was transfixed by the new impelling and rousing shift to the complete Christmas story in song, including the later visit of the Magi. It was lovely and made me nod.

     Rarely we hear Christian Songs about the New Year and there’s something to say about saving the best until the last. Although I thoroughly enjoyed all the songs on this CD, I am thinking that Sally’s final song, This New Year, might be my favourite. It’s time for new beginnings, it’s time to follow dreams…oh how that challenged me. The refrain almost made me believe that Sally wrote this song just for me. My heart danced and I knew that I would be listening to Sally Meadow’s RED AND WHITE CD over and over this Christmas season (and probably beyond!)  
 
     A perfect gift…

 

4 Comments to Review: RED & WHITE CD by Sally Meadows:

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Joanne Wiersma on December-09-13 8:34 AM
Glynis, What a detailed and fantastic write-up and review you gave for this musician and her CD. I hope you shared this with her, because it is just so well-written and would make anyone want to listen to her music! I just you tubed her and am listening now and love it! Thank you for sharing and for thinking of me in your fb comment! I love learning about new musicians! I love her CD cover too! Gorgeous!
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Glynis on December-09-13 10:28 PM
Thank you Joanne for your generous words. It was such a pleasure doing this review. One of my blessings I counted yesterday. :)


Kimberley Payne on December-20-13 4:57 PM
I've listened to Sally's music, and it is indeed beautiful. Fantastic review, Glynis!
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Sally Meadows on June-06-14 5:51 PM
Thank you once again Glynis for such a wonderful and well-written review of my CD Red & White! You were very thoughtful in your comments and clearly you have a music knowledge beyond the average person, so I extra appreciate it! And thank you to everyone above who took the time to share their thoughts. Wonderful encouragement!
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