Upside Down and Under my Heart
Artist: Sloan Wainwright
Reviewer: Sue Riley
Anyone who has ever heard Sloan sing realizes that she is a force of nature. In addition to being a mesmerizing singer and story teller, Sloan is a gifted and poetic songwriter. Sloan spent a couple of years supporting her husband George as he battled and ultimately lost his battle with cancer, and the songs on this CD are about that journey. But, these are not sad songs; rather they are healing, poignant, haunting and positive! These songs will remind you that everything is ok. and it always has been. I have played this CD constantly since getting my copy.
The first cut "Live out the Best of Your Life" is an amazingly catchy song. It is upbeat. fUll. and has a great message. What a great affirmation to sing to yourself each and every morning. It simply invites us to follow our hearts and reach for those dreams that we might be postponing for a wide variety of reasons.
The title cut. "Upside Down and Under my Heart" is an incredible song that I think will become a favorite of every expectant parent! It is a musical blessing to the unborn child: the child that is nestled upside down and under the mother's heart. Isn't that a beautifully poetic way of saying that?
Today is a haunting song of loss using metaphors of birds soaring through the heavens. It is very lyrical and beautiful. This version is a duet with the late Kate McGarrigle and it is stunning in its simplicity.
"Here I Am". "I Am Free", and ""I Can See Now" all are reflections of where we are on our path. They speak of being ready for what life has to offer, of creating the space to accept the gifts of life, and being clear about what you want.
The arrangements are created by her long time musical collaborator Stephen Murphy and these songs rock.
Rich and poignant lyrics, interesting melodies, Sloan's gift of interpretation and her artistry with her voice insure that you will want to hear these songs again and again.
Give yourself the gift of this CD. You will be thrilled that you did.