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Carrie Newcomer

A Review of

Everything is Everywhere.
Carrie Newcomer.
Available Light Records, 2011.
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Reviewed by Chris Smith.

In the Fall of 2009, Carrie Newcomer was invited to India to perform and to work with students in creating art rooted in themes of peace and justice.  While there, she met Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Khan and Ayaan Ali Khan, all masters of the Indian musical instrument, the sarod.  These experiences led to a collaboration between Carrie and the Khan family, part of which has been captured on Carrie’s newest album, Everything is Everywhere.  Most of the songs here feature Carrie’s lovely earthy songwriting, carrying on in the similar vein of her last album Before & After.  The major difference here is that Carrie’s songwriting is accompanied not only by her guitars, but also by the ethereal, distinctively Indian sounds of the Khan’s sarod playing.  The final song on the album “Fountain of Love” is a “new interpretation of a traditional Indian raga” that was contributed by the Khan family.

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“The Sort of Peace and Integrity
For Which We Were Created”

A Review of

Before & After.
Carrie Newcomer.
Rounder Records, 2010.
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Reviewed by Chris Smith.

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Local music aficionados here in Central Indiana have long been acquainted with the superb folk songwriting of Carrie Newcomer with its deep roots in the rich tradition of Quaker spirituality.  Thus, it comes as no surprise that over the last few years her music has begun to reach larger audiences across North America.  Her newest cd Before and After continues her legacy of combining lush folk melodies, crisp vocals and sharp, insightful songwriting.  As a whole, the songs here wrestle with issues related to living lives at peace in the face of quotidian challenges.   These struggles are perhaps most clearly in the song “I meant to do my work today”:

I meant to do my work today,
So many plans I had made.

I’d check the mail, I’d make the calls
Save the world and sweep the hall,
Finally get my accounting done,
Sort the beans one by one,
But I got waylaid by the morning sun.
And I got absolutely nothing done.
I thought I’d live a louder life.
I’d learn a lot and get it right.
I’d rent a loft I’d drink all night,
I’d be a living archetype,
And in a blinding flash of light,
I’d see that one great insight,
But silence called me deeper still.
Like nothing else ever will. …

All the songs here are superb, but I found myself repeating the cycle of the album’s last three songs, followed by the first (and title) track.  “Do No Harm,” was inspired by “Savages” a short story by fellow Hoosier Scott Russell Sanders, and spins the rich historical narrative of a group of nineteenth century Moravian Brethren in Ohio who dared to believe in the peaceable Kingdom of God and its unshakeable nature, even in the face of the bloody forces of Manifest Destiny.  “I wish I May, I Wish I Might” is a truly local music at its finest, a delightful whirlwind tour through local Indiana fairs and festivals.  I was surprised by how many of these I am familiar with and have enjoyed over my last two decades here in the Hoosier state.  “A Crash of Rhinoceros” is the album’s whimsical bonus track in which Newcomer imagines a scene from Eden where Adam names the animals but Eve gives unique names to the groups of animals: “A troubling of goldfish, a cluster of cats, / A bloat of hippopotami, a cloud of bats.”  The title track “Before and After” is a catchy tune that captures the essence of the album:

We live our lives from then until now,
By the mercy received and the marks on our brow

To my heart I’ll collect what the four winds will scatter
And frame my life into before and after.

“Before and After” is a beautifully crafted album that challenges us with its call to embrace every day as a gift and to live our with the sort of peace and integrity for which we were created.

We are giving away six copies of this excellent cd!

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The contest will end at 4PM ET on this Friday March 26.