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Singer-Songwriter Barbara Barrettís "Two"
ever spent time away from the flats of the Midwest, then
youíve likely discovered diverse scenery: jagged peaks, hidden valleys,
ever spent time away form the flats of suppressed feelings,
then youíve likely discovered diverse moods: highs, lows,
Barrett has done both. Originally form southeastern Michigan,
she has lived and worked in Big Sky, Montana. Hereís where she
her worldview, in a Western locale of geographic extremes. Hereís where
she learned that for her, life is not complete without experiencing
full range of emotions.
it be speculative euphoria ("Potential Girlfriend"), tenacious
obsession ("Two"), futility ("Rainbows and Lame Souls"), or release
("How to Laugh"), Barbara Barrett has known all these landscapes
these moods in her expressive, colorful voice. Often
sounding earthy and reedy like Jewel ("Third in Line"), she also can
float upward into lighter, ethereal tones like Shawn Colvin
singer-songwriters are clearly capable of displaying a
patchwork of emotional experiences, very few of them can completely
unify these experiences by depicting the tension between the instinct
to suppress emotion, and the need to experience all aspects of an
emotion and to express it. Barbara Barrett can.
Day" she warns a man who seems devoted to his own emotional
flatness that sooner or later his feelings, like garbage piling up,
going to overwhelm him:
like nothing can touch you
The refuse is thicker than your thinking
I got news for you honey
Itís really going to stay
On your listless unemotional garbage day
Itís imminent and itís looming and itís not going away."
also realizes that even when you suppress emotion, itís
okay in the larger cosmic scheme, because itís part of an inevitable
evolution towards increasing emotional awareness ("Third in Line"):
your feelings, say everything is fine
Looks like it helps in the long run
Turns into a climb
Up a hill and up a mountain so high
I slipped on a rock and fell into the sky."
with deepest reflection, she admits that even in flat terrains
that run emotionally dry, it is still possible to know lifeís warmth
and abundance ("How to Laugh"):
sun still shines in places less picturesque,
The waves of life crash down even when thereís no water around."
aptly-titled debut CD album "Two", Barbara Barrett has reached
TWO milestones of achievement: one as a singer, and the other as a
songwriter. She has uniquely interwoven the independent strands
vocal expression, melody, rhythm, lyrics, and life philosophy into a
richly-textured tapestry of emotional landscapes.
and get TWO of these CDís NOW! And give one to a friend.
by April Hilger-Hampton
is producer and publicist for Aurora Borealis
Productions and its GoodArts Project, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Her background includes singing in a variety of styles (classical,
jazz, rock, pop, folk, country) freelance writing about film, video,
and music industries for various publications, audio engineering
(concert sound & studio recording), and composing/arranging/producing
music scores for video, film, and other applications. Her sixteen-song
music score for "Cabbagetown", a 70-minute video documentary, was a
1997 International Television Association Golden Cassette Awards Blue
Ribbon Nominee from the Detroit Region. At present, she continues
creating and recording music scores, arrangements, and songs;
performing "young country" and folk-pop music; and producing and
publicizing live concerts and events for Aurora Borealis Productioní
is copyrighted. Copyright ã 1999 by April Hilger-Hampton.
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