PS: Next up - a song about Virginia!
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Even tho I met you after a performance of Natural Theatricals' "ION" just one year ago, I feel like I've known you for longer. Far longer. I find you to be quite intelligent and perceptive.
So, it's no surprise to learn you're a talented gal to boot!
Your song, "Daddy's Crown" is very touching, and your vocal ability is extremely versatile. In my humble opinion, you can sing in many styles, including musical theatre, spiritual, pop and especially country. Nashville needs to know about your beautiful voice! I really mean it!!
You are so gifted in your writing and have such a beautiful voice.
Your lyrics and the cry of your heart in each arrangement are so penetrating!
Your musicians on this project weave their way through the intensity of your heart on each song....if the music is happy or lighter...their instruments and voices brighten each piece. When your heart is crying out in a song....their accompaniments surge through the deep and secret revelations of your heart.
Your recording and mixing team have also done an incredible job of capturing your music and your heartache and pain...your walk through the Valley of the Shadow...your sunlight and your hope in Him!
God has great opportunities for you!
Blessings to you my friend!
You are simply inspirational. Some smart agent will be picking you up for the story of your life yet to unfold. Thanks for all you give to all you touch.
Listening to Who’s Walkin Who, my mind momentarily lapsed to Patsy Cline. Umm… Patsy Cline singing to a Caribbean beat. But who is to say that if Patsy had not lived longer that she would not have ventured into that realm. Suffice to say, I found the song to have a unique twinge of calypso, almost reggae.
Little things make a song and that was no different with We Thank You. The trumpet, foremost, adds the perfect element in this song. It was an unexpected, but brilliant addition and the trumpet really makes the song. The piano playing is also superb. I found Lajoux’s singing in this song, reminiscent of Joan Baez. The lyrics were perfectly penned with splendid accompanying harmony vocals. Not too mention a great bridge in this song. I hope “We Thank You” song gets heard by our men in uniform around the world.
Another song I enjoyed was the Ballad of JoJo. I think Lajoux needs to slum around Nashville. While Lajoux turns in a fine singing performance, sometimes a tune is just meant for another voice. Like Ray Charles singing “Georgia.” Ray does a good job with that song, but I prefer Willie Nelson on vocals. No offence to Lajoux, but Dolly Pardon and Reba McIntyre vocals came to mind on the Ballad of JoJo.
I would have this CD in my playlist rotation for my car. The tone of Lajoux’s voice and the blend of easy-listening tunes are great for introspective reflection and lowering one’s blood pressure in this stressed out world we live.
Listen to Every Mountaintop. It’s rare to hear such heartfelt vocals calling out. Not just because the song has a gospel feel, but you can really sense the singers are singing from their heart to you. This song is typical of all the songs that Lajoux penned. Great lyrics, a gentle melody, with just the right measure of a lilting falsetto to keep the song threaded together.
In summary, a very good debut CD by Alexandra Lajoux.
Where do I begin? The musicianship on this CD is all first rate. As well as the accompanying vocals and blend of vocal harmonies.
I was truly in amazement at Lajoux’s exceptional songwriting skills.
Let me start with Magdalena. Lajoux have her best singing performance on the entire CD with this song. I don’t know how to describe it, but she got it right. The tone. The inflection. Somedays we get up on the right side of bed. I think Lajoux was on the right side of the guitar. Alexandra’s vocals are perfect on this song and perfect for the song.
But as much as Alex turns in a “beyond herself” singing performance on Magdalena, the best tune on the CD is Borderline. Lajoux may have run out of money while recording the song to get it perfect, but sometimes best performances are turned in when the stakes are high and resources are limited. Chas Chandler, ex-Animals bassist, often reminded other bands he managed, that “House of the Rising Sun” was recorded for $40 dollars. I think Lajoux and her musicians gave Borderline all they had and it shows. The song’s melody and lyrics sound like it was written for Roger and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma.” Being a musician of 37 years, I’m a bit more musically critical, but the quality of guitar work and fiddle on Borderline were beyond my expectations. The string instruments meld beautifully together. Really, Borderline sounds fit for a Broadway stage.
Listening to Who’s Walkin Who, my mind momentarily lapsed to Patsy Cline. Umm… Patsy Cline singing to a Caribbean beat. But who is to say that if Patsy had not lived longer that she would not have ventured into that realm. Suffice to say, I found the song to have a unique