Hello fellow readers. Yes, I'm back writing this labor of love of all things music, film, and whatever moves me at the moment. After not feeling "it" for the past months, sometimes life hands you a beautiful gift that awakens something in your heart and soul to inspire you to do everything you love.
So what I'm loving today is the new album by Portland, OR singer/songwriter Laura Veirs titled "Warp and Weft". Laura's 2010 album "July Flame" was perhaps my favorite album that year, so my expectations for this one were very high. This album exceeds them.
Recording again with her husband/musician/producer Tucker Martine, "Warp and Weft" has more musical layers than Laura's past work, yet those layers only add to the depth of her fantastic writing. Recorded while she was pregnant with her second child, these are not cheerful songs about the joys of parenthood but songs of longing, love, hope, innocence, fear, acceptance, and letting go. Oh, and there's a brilliant song about Alice Coltrane.
If you truly "feel" emotions, no one captures that magic feeling of yearning and hope that gets in your gut the way Laura Veirs does. With special guests the likes of Neko Case, Jim James, and K.D. Lang, the album with be hyped as such. But make no mistake, this is Laura's baby all the way and one of the finest albums of the year.