What they are saying!
Kurt Gabriel - Archangel Country New Zealand
Congradulations to your great, clear voice. The lyrics and
arrangements are excellent!
Val Cleary - Toronto Star ( 1989) Canada
The petite singer proves to be a powerful addition to the
competitive roster of Toronto singers!
Raymond Swennen - Roots Revial Belgium
I will give your dics regular airplay because you're damn good!!
George Backer - DJ Holland
I admire you to be able to write such fine songs. It was like a wave coming over me listening to your CD's.
Welcome everyone! Please take a listen!
"I once was a hippie child, out there on a limb". Quote from "Peace Love".
There is no disputing the fact Laura has traveled down many a road before recording The Journey of L. The songs on this CD reflect an ever changing mood,genre and personal growth.
She hired Barry Elmes to produce the CD.
Barry was instrumental in guiding Laura through her first experience in the studio. "This was a new playground for me to explore", Laura comments. The music for this CD was written in six weeks and the recording was done over two days, totaling eighteen hours. "I moved very fast on this CD because after spending years thinking about doing a recording, I didn't want to allow myself to become too critical, or I wouldn't have completed the project".
The musicians on the CD are all accomplished jazz artists in their own right. Although the songs are very diverse, Laura felt she would be more comfortable with musicians she knew, given her years as a jazz singer. The band brings an honest performance to each song, allowing Laura's voice and choice of material to be showcased.
"In The Sound and the Silence", is an uptempo song introducing the listener to a young girl playing the piano in a busy household. She takes you through different stages of her life, while describing the sounds around her at the time.
"My niece, Olivia loved this song and memorized it. She asked me to teach her how to play it on the piano!" Peace/Love is similar. The song takes the listener on the road in the 70's.
"Alone", was written when Laura was traveling with an acting company. It is a very moving piece of writing and possibly one of the strongest vocal performances on the CD "My Heart" is also a very powerful ballad.
"Maybe" is a song that examines the many doubts of where we are heading in the near future. Another song along the same lines is "You Know What I'm talkin' About". Here she departs from the folk song into a 12-bar blues.
The country songs are "A Willow and a Rock" and "I Have to Say Goodbye to Say Hello". Both tunes reflect her personal experiences in relationships.
"The Picnic" is a fantasy piece, while "Be" is a prayer. Both are soft gentle folk songs.
Laura's admiration for Bob Dylan is clearly noted in "Dylan and Me". She also covers "The Times They Are A-Changin' ". For anyone who listens to Dylan, her version of his song is worth checking out.
The CD ends with a rock song,"Shake Your Foundation". It will do just that!
Check out the artist's website:
1. in The Sound and the Silence
4. Dylan and Me
5. You Know What I'm Talking About
6. The Picnic
7. My Heart
9. I Have to Say Goodbye to say Hello
10. A Willow and a Rock
12. The Times They Are a Changin'
13. Shake Your Foundation