Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Geography of Light

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

The Geography of Light

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Carrie Newcomer (Rounder, 2008)


Back when I used to sort my CDs into categories (back when I still bought CDs), one section was devoted to inspirational female artists whose lyrics spoke to my life's experiences. Too bad I didn't know about Carrie Newcomer back then. She would have fit in perfectly with the Indigo Girls, Alanis Morissette, and Dar Williams.

Newcomer has been performing since the 1980s (for years as part of the folk group Stone Soup) and has released 11 solo albums since 1991, most recently The Geography of Light (Rounder, 2008). Though her rich alto voice and folk/country sound (accented by an Appalachian fiddle and classical cello) appeal, it is her thoughtful lyrics that keep me pressing repeat on my mp3 player.

Newcomer's Quaker faith informs many of her songs, but hers is a subtle, progressive spirituality that hardly fits today's evangelical "Christian" genre. Instead she explores the gray, the spaces between darkness and the light of the title. …

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