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from Bob Franke began his career as a singer-songwriter in 1965 while a student at the University of Michigan. Upon graduation in 1969 with an A.B. in English Literature, he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has since made New England his home. Bob has appeared in concert at coffeehouses, colleges, festivals, bars, streets, homes and churches in 33 states, four Canadian provinces and England.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Linda Waterfall's latest CD

Some who read this may imagine my delight when Linda Waterfall's latest CD Welcome to the Dark arrived in my mailbox the other day. Whether or not you're among those, I'm happy to say that it lives up to the high standards that Linda has always embodied in her music. These 7 songs enlist stunning musical technique on guitar and piano and Linda's astonishingly gorgeous soprano in the service of human and divine intimacy. Bass (played by the wonderful Cary Black), hurdy-gurdy, and bouzouki support the title cut, which is about the kinds of spiritual growth and transformation that can happen in darkness. Other aspects of spiritual journey and daily relationship are explored with the same great-hearted lyricism and humor that have made many of us Linda Waterfall fans for life. These insights don't come from any Christian tradition, but they're evidence for my belief that, the closer you get to God, the less it matters how you got there.

The album doesn't have distribution outside of the Seattle area, so you have to commit to pen, paper, and Linda's order form to pick one up. Somebody's got to tutor Linda on how easy it is to get into digital distribution. And I have to say that 7 Linda Waterfall songs are not enough, but on the other hand, 12 Linda Waterfall songs are not enough, and 7 of them are worth 12 of most other folks' songs. You can get evidence of that by streaming a couple of them at Linda's MySpace page here. This $15 CD, which Linda will ship to you free, will open up your heart and invite repeated listening.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So true! What an amazing CD!

6:15 PM  
Blogger Bert said...

So what's a guy got to do to get you to sing, The Great Storm is Over" tonight at the Contata -- April 2, 2010


9:48 AM  
Blogger Bob Franke said...

It's not going to happen, Bert. It would be totally non-contextual in terms of the work.

10:06 AM  

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