Sunday, March 28, 2010

Review -- AMY SEELEY -- Eight Belles

EIGHT BELLES
Amy Seeley
Outgo Records
7.5-out-of-10

It is always interesting to read about how a performer came to their music, and Amy Seeley has an interesting story she relates at her website www.amyseeley.com
The explanation is one I suspect many artists feel, the need to delve into their art, but not always knowing at a young age just how to do it.
“In hindsight I think I knew it deep down by the age of eight,” related Seeley. “I’d played since I was four, was writing songs, and I knew I felt drawn to the piano in a way I couldn’t articulate at the time. I just knew I wanted to play and write and perform someday.
“So I feel like it’s something that’s been a part of me my whole life, but it’s how that knowing has transpired that’s really formed the path. It’s taken some time, and a lot of not knowing.
“What I mean is I played piano for my high school choir, and for church, for this and that; tried out music in college and didn’t like the theory of it all so much and bailed out of voice lessons … felt frustrated and ultimately, afraid to explore, to really dive in …
“Then my mid-twenties hit like a storm. That’s the second part to the story. My childhood and my twenties are connected by an invisible string. At 25 I returned to the piano with a fury. The songs 25 was born and that’s when I realized, oh my God, this is it. I have to play these songs live. I no longer knew how not to converse with my piano. I realized it was a part of who I was. The biggest part. The decision to pour myself completely into the craft of songwriting and exploring how to share that genuinely with people has become more and more clear as my calling over the last few years.”
What that journey has led to is a deeply personal set of eight songs on Seeley’s disk Eight Belles.
The music here is thickly emotional. The piano sort of starkly layered in the background as Seeley focuses on making sure her sharing of her lyrics is personal and clear.
There is a sombre mood here. Seeley looks upon the world through sad eyes, heard immediately on the soulful opening cut How Hard I Try.
A lady with a mournful outlook and a voice that is pleasant, a nice combination. Do check it out.
CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Mar 3, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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