Joyce Marden's second CD (the first was Cool Mornings) is a triumph. It is a great voice delivering 12 excellent songs. Yes, all the songs are good. There are no songs on this CD that are there to just take up space. I am sure you will agree if you give us a try. Ranging from foot tappin' rock to heart wrenching ballads and danceable two steps this CD gives what listeners want. One song after another of thoughtful lyrics and great melodies. Even the rock songs will leave you humming. This is American music. A blend of styles that, even though there is no twang, ends up being a story telling masterpiece combining rock, pop, country, folk, and blues into a cohesive collection of memorable songs. A melting pot of styles. Like America. There are songs about strong women like A Hard Winter. A controversial (perhaps too controversial for the country market) song about the women left behind after war and terrorist events and how they overcome the obstacles to provide for their families and build a new life. There is The Triumph of the Spirit, a huge ballad about the survivors of terrorist attacks (originally Oklahoma City) and other stupid, repugnant acts of violence, and the courageous people who overcome their losses and hardships and get on with their lives. A tribute to the human spirit. Want Rock? How about Nobody, a kickin' country rock song that will leave your foot tired from tapping; or, Road Scholar, a humorous but true song about life's education outside of the classroom. Like two steps? Then there is The Tennessee Quarter, a wonderfully written song about the sacrifice a gifted musician makes to retain the love of his life. Or a Waltz? The Christmas Eve Waltz describes lyrically the love that was found on Christmas Eve and how it was the greatest gift the lovers ever received. Never thought you'd find your true love? Well, in Another Heart Like Mine, it happens to a laid off worker who becomes a waitress to make ends meet and then waits on Mr. Right in a truck stop. All the other songs are great also. Each with it's own story to tell. We at Lip Smackin' Music are proud to have Joyce as one of our few artists. We are a small company doing what we love to do. We all have real jobs to go to but this is where our hearts are. We hope you will enjoy our efforts enough to help us continue. Thanks to CD Baby for creating an outlet for people like us who don't like getting bent over the stump to get promoted and distributed. Give us a try. Also, hear U2's Terry Lawless on keyboards. Thanks.
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