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Meg Flather: Hold On Tight

| December 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

Meg Flather

Hold On Tight

November 30, 2017

Reviewed by Bart Greenberg for Cabaret Scenes

Meg Flather’s newest CD, Hold On Tight, features a collection of songs she wrote, either wholly or with composing partner John Mettam. It is an intensely personal album, inspired by the female singer-songwriters of the ’70s and ’80s who first led Flather into exploring her own talents in this arena.

The singer has a voice perfect for the folk idiom that she clearly is totally comfortable in. She offers a clarity in both her enunciation and her interpretation of her work, allowing the listener to concentrate on the lyrics and the message of each work. Without overt emotionalism, she expresses throughout a compassion and a love for those in her life.

“At Midnight There Is You” is a sweet love song that explores the emotion in several indirect references to the steadiness of a relationship, and “He Shares Me with a Lot” expands on this theme with the repeated phrase, “he’s waiting for me.” Akin is “The Secret,” which explores the wonders of the world which truly never desert us: “It never ends, it changes form, the warming sun, the sheltered storm.”

If there is a flaw in this CD, it is in the packaging. A note from the artist about the songs and what led her to write each of these very personal works would be most welcome. On the other hand, the cover photo of Flather gripping her mother’s hand is eloquent and incredibly touching in its simplicity.

The album is musically enriched by contributions by Mettam (acoustic guitar), Jamie Rogers (bass), Robbie Kondor (piano/accordion), Susan Didrichsen (backup vocals), and Jon Gordon (electric, classical, acoustic guitar/synth cello/bass/mandolin/percussion).

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Category: Music, Music Reviews, New York City, New York City Music Reviews, Regional

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