Wind Over Stone

Dulcie Taylor

Mesa/Blue Mon Recordings, 2015

http://dulcietaylor.com

REVIEW BY: David Bowling

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 11/01/2015

Now about 15 years into her career, Dulcie Taylor has returned with another album of introspective and intelligent folk/Americana music. Featured here are some of her many friends, including guitarist/vocalist George Nauful and acoustic guitarist/vocalist Tony Recupido. Both contribute the lead vocal for two songs.nbtc__dv_250

Thirteen of the fourteen songs are original compositions. Songwriting has always been Taylor’s strength as she has a poetic quality to her stories. When you combine the poetic lyrics with her simple melodies, it forms an effective and creative mix.

A number of the tracks on this release are an American history lesson. She delves back to the American Revolution with “Not Here Not Today” for a salute to the sacrifices of the American Patriots. She then moves to a salute to “Rosa Parks” who was the woman who refused to give up her seat in the white section of a Southern bus in 1955. She next progresses to a poignant tribute to Flight 93. It all adds up to wonderful storytelling on display.

“When The Cherokee Roamed” is a song about America’s history from a physical perspective. “Prayers” is a personal history of spiritual connection, while “I Take It Back” is a poetic reflection on speaking before thinking. The only cover song, the Supremes hit “My World Is Empty Without You,” may seem like an odd choice, but the words match the rest of the songs.

It is Taylor’s songwriting ability that shines throughout. Perhaps the best song is the album closer “Love Like Yours And Mine.” It is a poignant and upbeat look at memories of the home that should strike should strike a chord with anyone of a certain age looking back on life.

Dulcie Taylor is an artist who has her craft figured out. Wind Over Stone is an accurate description of the lightness and solidity of her music. This release is a strong effort from the West coast-based musician.

Rating: B+

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