MP3 Judi Schoeck - The Very Best Wine
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9 MP3 Songs
GOSPEL: Contemporary Gospel, FOLK: Folk Blues
Ranging from the reggae-tinged sound of An Everlasting Love to the blues of To Make You Mine, and backed by a wonderful group of musicians, these Songs for the Beloved -- of love and longing -- call us to open our hearts and dance!
Judi says: 'God Loves Rock' (with a heart sitting in for 'loves') was a bumper sticker I had on my car for many years. And for me, that's true. I was working at Rolling Stone magazine when the article, 'In Love with Meher Baba,' by Pete Townshend, was published (Nov. 26, 1970). I first saw Meher Baba's beautiful form when that issue with His picture on the cover was laid on my desk. I wrote my first song the following spring, picked up the guitar a few years later, and I've been writing ever since.
Notes on some songs collected for The Very Best Wine:
An Everlasting Love: This is an adaptation of an anonymous prayer. I love the exclamations: "You have set us in the thick of things! You have fed us!" And there's a story to this as well! On the morning of my CD release party, I decided to check a perpetual calendar my dad had given me. It had a spiritual affirmation for each day, along with chapter and verse from the Bible. I looked down before I flipped the pages and what my eyes and heart beheld was: 'I have loved you with an everlasting love' - the title line of the opening track on the album!
The Very Best Wine: The inspiration for this song was twofold: At a Meher Baba House meeting in New York, a dear friend set the challenge. The speaker mentioned Jesus changing water into wine and my friend leaned over and said: 'That'd be something to write about!' I knew I had it the next time I read Meher Baba's statement from His Universal Message:
"My present Avataric Form is the last Incarnation of this cycle of time, hence my Manifestation will be the greatest. When I break my Silence, the impact of my Love will be universal and all life in creation will know, feel and receive of it."
Your Lovers Yearn: This is the English translation of Meher Baba's Gujerati Arti. I first saw this in both languages on a prayer card and learned the English version by heart before I heard it sung in Gujerati. I think hearing different types of Indian music during my visits to Meher Baba's Samadhi enabled me to find a way to share this in a Western form.
From Michael Haldeman, The Whitehorse Review, No. 9:
I have believed for some time that a new qawalli is trying to take root in the West. This album is not qawalli, nor is it intended to be, but I see it as part of the early first efforts of developing a similar passionate, rhythmic spiritual music for the new era. As in qawalli, there are romantic lyrics here, there is a solid rhythm, there is the ache of love in the vocals.
In a broad array of styles held together by the musicianship of producer/arranger Michael Engberg, who also contributes guitars, keyboards and backing vocals (https://www.tradebit.com Meher Baba follower Judi Schoeck expresses a thoroughly contemporary longing for God.
Her voice seems to hold great emotion in check. The effect, even on an upbeat song like Pilgrim Is My Name, with its driving, didgeridoo-based beat, is a bittersweet evocation of the complexities of spiritual love. To Make You Mine is a bluesy rock tune propelled by harmonica and walking bass, with a Lesley Goresque girl-group vocal and the marvelous pairing, on a rising melody, of 'unshakeable' and 'unmistakable'.
(Contact Whitehorse Review at PO Box 482067, Denver CO 80248)
From James R. Newell, recording artist w/Blue Sadhana Records (https://www.tradebit.com
I'm really enjoying your album! You have a wonderful gift for melody and songwriting!
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