My Lifelong Love
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I already enjoyed Georgia Stitt's first outing of "This Ordinary Thursday." With her latest album "My Lifelong Love," she has come back with a stronger collection in just about every way. Some of these songs are several years old, but I was unfamiliar with all of them. Unlike so many of the other theater songwriter albums out there, this album has a varied sound from song to song, keeping the listening experience interesting throughout (unlike others where the songs are all so similar that they tend to run together). There are contemporary theater-sounding songs ("Not Yet" and "My Lifelong Love"), gospel/Motown-tinged songs ("At This Turn In the Road Again" and "Kites and Children"), mood pieces ("Sing Me a Happy Song" and "Invested In You"), and art songs ("Communication," "Sonnet 29" and "A Very Short Song"). What makes this album stand out most for me is its orchestrations/arrangements. For every piece, the arrangements are incredibly well-done--appropriate to the piece, atmospheric, but NOT heavy-handed. The incredible Don Sebesky arrangement in "Sonnet 29" is worth the price of the CD alone--it's one of the most gorgeous pieces of music I've ever heard (and that's not hypoerbole!).
really fantastic album!