Meg Flather: Hold On Tight

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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.

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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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Bart Greenberg

Bart Greenberg first discovered cabaret a few weeks after arriving in New York City by seeing Julie Wilson and William Roy performing Stephen Sondheim and Cole Porter outdoors at Rockefeller Center. It was instant love for both Ms. Wilson and the art form. Some years later, he was given the opportunity to create his own series of cabaret shows while working at Tower Records. "Any Wednesday" was born, a weekly half-hour performance by a singer promoting a new CD release. Ann Hampton Callaway launched the series. When Tower shut down, Bart was lucky to move the program across the street to Barnes & Noble, where it thrived under the generous support of the company. The series received both The MAC Board of Directors Award and The Bistro Award. Some of the performers who took part in "Any Wednesday" include Barbara Fasano and Eric Comstock, Tony Desare, Andrea Marcovicci, Carole Bufford, the Karens, Akers, Mason and Oberlin, and Julie Wilson. Privately, Greenberg is happily married to writer/photographer Mark Wallis, who as a performance artist in his native England gathered a major following as "I Am Cereal Killer."