Tuesday, October 7, 2014

CD: DONNA SCHEER - Simply Donna


 
DONNA SCHEER
Simply Donna
Back Seat Driver - Georgetown - Nothing At All - Miners - Lights of Santa Fe - Caleb Myer - Away Down the Road - Sabrina - Locks of Love - Rocky Mountain Sky - Crossing the Bar
 
Donna Scheer is a lovely young woman from Colorado who has the 'gift.'  What do I mean when I say someone has the 'gift?'  It means that person has an unstoppable desire to be a music maker.  Doesn't matter if it's a guitar in their hands, or a dulcimer, or a zither, it's a person with a deep desire to write and play music.  A deep desire to write words to share with friends and strangers alike.  A deep desire to 'reveal' one's personality through music.  That's what Donna Scheer does.  This particular CD is just her lovely very folk-like voice and an acoustic guitar.  I would have preferred the guitar to be down just a bit so I can better hear her words, because the words are the secret Donna shares with the entire universe.  How can I say that?   Well, who knows who else is out there in the universe?  And, this recording is here to stay.  It's not going away, it's here to stay, to share, to hear, to reminisce, to remember.  Not all of these songs are Donna's originals, only four of them are, but she has selected some of the very best folk style songs she could have possibly picked to represent her voice and guitar backing.  One of my favorite cities in America is Santa Fe, it's just a beautiful one-of-a-kind city, it's very personal, and it's very musical in all it's being. That's why Eliza Gilkyson was able to write such a personal song about a town, and why I can connect to it so easily, and I'll be that's what Donna feels too when she sings this song.  Donna also plays lap dulcimer, mandolin, harmonica, ukulele, Dobro and various other softer stringed instruments, all of it leaning a little toward the soft folk sound I am so appreciative of.  I will definitely send this CD along to the Rural Roots Music Commission who I hope will take a good listen.  We would certainly welcome Donna to our old-time music gathering in LeMars, Iowa, and I'm hoping the Rural Roots folks hear the same thing I hear.  She would be so welcome at the Village Stage where no microphones or electrical instrumentation barges into an acoustic set of music.  Keep it up Donna.
 
Music Review by Bob Everhart www.ntcma.net for Country Music News International
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