As you step into the cafe, a voice beyond angelic carries you heavenward, but it’s a bumpy ride. Not because of the music, but because you can see your reflection in her lyrics . . .
It’s dark inside. The standing -room-only crowd forces you up against the wall. The angel, Carolyn Walsh, is spotlighted center stage. She commands your heart. She spins magic at her keyboard, surrounded by a stream of brilliant musicians.
A short progression of notes kicks in on the keyboard followed by a quick wail of Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner’s pedal steel. Carolyn’s voice has led you Somewhere in the middle, trudging like a buddha down the middle path:
Somewhere in the middle, in the middle of nowhere, Pulling up roots, breaking my back for the cause, Somewhere in the middle, in the middle of nowhere,
I’m not lost . . .
So, you’re not lost, but you still don’t have a table. Don’t get cozy, you’re about to get All I Can Take. Rob Walsh’s drums, Jeff Waldeland’s pedal steel this time, and Carolyn’s keyboard and voice give you a lesson in deception, love, indecision.
You say I’m the one, and that you’ll never leave, then the next thing I see is your back facing me.
Drums keep the beat with soft slaps. But the heavenly chorus sweeps away the pain . . .
Soon a pounding minor chord followed by Doug Lakes’s drums and Marc Lloyd’s guitar licks plunge you into the next song. All is not lost, but you’re prompted to plea.
Give Me a Minute
You’ve got to give me a minute, You know I’m still in it. You’re not a choice I’ve got to make.
As you try to make your way to the other side of the room, the next song unfolds, simply, with Carolyn and her piano. You ponder her words:
Bars on the windows, doors you can’t get through, and dust on the table Pictures are faded, hanging on walls that we painted red. Garden needs weeding and somebody’s meeting under the streetlamp. Floors just keep creaking and glasses are speaking of their shattered friend.
Am I doing this right? Am I making things right as I make my way to the other side?
All in its Place . . . but me.
You begin to sense that all may well be in its place, but it’s a little short of perfect.
But now Carolyn surprises you and lifts you with an anthem of love, warming your heart a little more with Stephen Hobert’s accordion.
This may not be the greatest story told. It’s not the language Dante wrote, but it’s the promise Burned on My Soul. You make me better than I am. You champion all my plans and I love your eyes. They never forget to meet mine.
Suddenly you discover an empty seat as Da Da kicks in. This time the words don’t matter as much. You want to celebrate and sing how groovy life is. Lilting piano accompanied by what sounds at first like a subtle horn section turns out to actually be Rich Miller on the 12-string.
Your adventure in Carolyn’s world of song now carries you on the Rise, the title cut from her new CD. Her words, beautiful strains on the keyboard, and the masterful work by renowned guitarist Rodney Jones leave you wiser, more experienced, and totally uplifted once again.
If I let go and reach for you, and you reach for me . . . Would we fall to oblivion, or be set free? and would we rise up to meet the sun?
What you’ve just experienced is my feeble attempt to fill your imagination with the power, grace and love radiating from Rise, Carolyn’s new CD as well as all her music.
The Real Carolyn Walsh
Carolyn Walsh says, “I popped out of the womb singing, and the passion to compose and perform has been an integral part of my life ever since. When I was a young girl in small town Georgia, I entertained the family in the living room with renditions of my favorite pop songs and show tunes.
“I began classical training in piano at ten, and by fourteen I felt my music so deeply I had to let it out. I started composing. While in college I honed my skills and performed cover tunes at a Gautreau’s Cajun Cafe in Athens, Georgia. I loved Gautreau’s, but my favorite diner to eat in Athens was the Five Star Day.
“I love to perform live and have been fortunate to have done so to audiences as large as 5,000 in the US as well as venues in Germany and Ireland. I put my all into my music, and I’m so grateful any time I have a chance to share it. I write from what Life is teaching me. I hope anyone listening will find insights to help them understand themselves better, too.”
Find out more or purchase Rise.
View Carolyn’s Push It Down music video. Hauntingly beautiful, undisguised, yet complex.
Watch Carolyn’s Nothing music video
Watch Carolyn’s Somewhere music video
Visit Carolyn’s Web site
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