SONG LIKE GENTLE RAIN: DIANE LINSCOTT and LARRY KOONSE

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I had not heard or heard of the beautifully emotive singer Diane Linscott until recently.  My loss!  From the first warm notes of her CD, YOU ARE THERE, it’s evident that she inhabits her songs, not in any artificial way, but with the words and music coming from her heart’s core.

I don’t mean that she “acts” or “emotes,” but each phrase, lyrical or musical, is lit with deep feeling and deep understanding.

It doesn’t surprise me that her comments on her CD begin with lines from Cavafy.

Nor does it surprise me her work has been applauded by musicians — among them Dick Hyman and Dan Barrett.

You can hear for yourself here.

Diane is a mature artist — and I don’t mean that in terms of chronological numbers.  But for her these songs are texts of experience, of loss and elation, of romance attained and romance elusive.  No bitter wryness for her, no ironic distance from her choices.  And we could expect no less from an artist who drove across the United States to work and record with her sole accompanist on this CD, the quietly majestic guitarist Larry Koonse.

They intertwine and dance with great melodic honesty and gentleness on NOBODY’S HEART / MY IDEAL / THE GENTLE RAIN / ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE / I’M ALWAYS CHASING RAINBOWS / YOU ARE THERE / LIKE A LOVER / THE LIES OF HANDSOME MEN / I CAN DREAM, CAN’T I? / TOUCH ME IN THE MORNING – SOFTLY, AS I LEAVE YOU / WHERE DO YOU START? / WHERE IS LOVE? / YESTERDAY I HEARD THE RAIN.  Beautifully recorded, too.

YOU ARE THERE is a rare musical experience — a series of thoughtful, heartfelt performances assembled into a CD that feels deeply authentic all the way through.  To learn more about Diane — artist / photographer as well as singer, visit here or her Facebook page.

May your happiness increase.

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