Music reminds many of us of what can be good, that the creative process brings people and audiences together, if not to change the world than just a small part of it and, maybe, just for two to four hours.
Listed below, and in subsequent posts, are the albums that brought me joy and hope through this year, created by artists who made me question my beliefs or soothe my spirits. Step Tempest was quieter than normal this Fall, actually since the end of July. Not that I wasn't listening to music but, perhaps, I needed it step back to see a bigger picture. True, I was committed to other projects that took more of my time that I expected but, in the past, I found the time to write because the artists who send me their music, the publicists who are kind to hang with me, the people I interact with when I are writing and doing radio interviews appreciate the work I do. No excuses, no apologies. Just thought you should know.
Part one is but 10 of the, possibly, 36 recordings I think deserve recognition. This list contains albums with voices, many with poetry, some I never had the opportunity to write about.
ection of violinists Tomoko Omura and Megan Gould, violist Karen Waltuch and cellist Noah Hoffield for their stellar work. All in all, a splendid recording.
Each one of these albums buoyed my spirit - the next list will feature albums from younger musicians, from veterans, from masters, and several delightful reissues.