Teresa Tudury - Such Fine Things
~ CD Review ~
Jul 17, 2017
I had the exceptional pleasure of first hearing Teresa Tudury at the Sweet Chariot Music Festival on Swan’s Island Maine in 2014. Her presence, her fluid and wild voice, guitar playing, humor and deep heart blew me away.
There are many singer-songwriters out there, but few can reach into the DNA strands of existence as if by shamanic trance. The collection of songs on this CD are original, funny, and profound. Ms. Tudury is a listener. I feel like she perceives the reality between worlds, she reaches into the Akashic records of time and place, and writes.
“Miss America” is a tender love song for America, for Lady Liberty, insightful and respectful. Whoever thought of her as a drunk who needed an escort home? Show the old girl home. The sympathetic rendering of this metaphor is startling in its kindness.
“She’s drunk again, and all tore down
A song of insight, kindness and love.
“Ride ‘Em Cowboy” A perfect country and western song complete with a screen door creaking, a card game, some grief and a stolen heart.
“Our Lady” This is an exquisite, sensory-soaked love song. “Oh, she has a such a tender heart.”
“A Tom-Cat Needs a Lady” is a wonderful love song (and a true story!) regarding a feral cat that flirted at her door. The perfection of her description of his indecision is captured not only in the lyrics but her two voiced delivery of the Tom-Cat and the Lady.
“Descended from the tiger, forced to hunt in a barn,
“New Orleans” is a song about the suffering of the city post-Katrina. As a native, she renders a sorrowful song about the continued suffering.
“Oh the water keeps rising, covers the city like a stain
“Little Bluebird” is a symbolic song warning the innocent regarding the predatory. Chilling.
“In the forest was a raven
“The Phone Call (Put Mrs. God on the Phone)” is for anyone who wonders about God and the state of the world, and a determined woman’s efforts to get some answers. It starts out with a great negotiating technique, complimenting him on his achievements!
Oh, the Bible says for certain that you are in fact a man
Then she begins to skewer the Almighty regarding all the problems humanity is dealing with and then cleverly suggests that
“...but a fellow of your stature
This song is full of lyrical zingers, delivered with power and humor, and is satirical but poignant. A masterpiece!
“When the Wind Blows Up” If this isn’t a heartbreaking song I don’t know what is. A woman watching for ships to return with her lover on board while standing side by side with the wife and family who don’t know about her. Ouch.
“Hey Mr. Baby” is just a gem. Teresa writes songs of beauty with sensitivity but her comic talent sky-rockets. How many of us have had our feelings hurt by a little kid?
...”You adore me
“Riding Through” is an atmospheric song about the night visitation of a departed lover, riding on his ephemeral horse. Gorgeously produced.
“My Starry Crown”
“I have earned my starry crown.
“Such Fine Things”
“It once was clay in an artist’s hands.
Teresa’s gifts are many. She sees through the BS, she feels things in the deepest parts of her goddess-golden heart and she takes the time to listen to the messages between the worlds until the strings and the voices find their way to her fingers and throat and she lets them fly. She is fearless and honest, playful and kind, and the muses fly about her like tiny angels until they light a fire and the songs are made manifest.
Photo from teresatudury.net
Kimmy Sophia Brown has loved humor and music and freedom for as long as she can remember.She is especially passionate about the environment and caring for animals.
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