â€œIt is the function ofÂ artÂ to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.â€ (von Goethe)
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a gifted playwriter, novelist, poet, statesman, scientist, and philosopher. But above all these marvelous titles he was an amazing thinker! Listen to what his quote says; It isÂ theÂ functionÂ (why itâ€™s here, and how itâ€™s supposed to work)Â ,Â Â he then Â continued saying, â€˜that itâ€™s supposed to renew our perceptionâ€™.Â Â Speaking of such! A lot of the music cranked out in the music scene is nothing more than the same old same oldâ€¦.it really is. Music in general is almost reduced to wall of sound, with less melody and more bpmâ€™s (beats per minute), sucked vacuum by the lack of content. Â But thank God for beautiful music and wonderful craftyÂ wordsmiths!Â â€œBeautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us,”Â said Martin Luther!
Thank God for Destiny Rambo McGuire, daughter of Reba Rambo McGuire and Dony McGuire, who is not only a lovely, and gifted young lady, but a stunning, ravishing young woman who possesses a rare kind of elegance. This young lady is the grand-daughter of the late and legendary Dottie Rambo, and never was there anyone that was such a worthy and fitting heir. Youâ€™ll hear people describing the human voice like an instrument, and Destiny sure has a fine instrument! Â In short, sheâ€™sÂ gotÂ it all! Beautiful as fine china,a poetic writer, a nomad, mysterious, and what a voice!
Her latest album entitledÂ â€œJournal of a Songstressâ€Â is nothing short of breathtaking! It opens with a Donna Summer disco sounding song and I am transported to the old couch at my folks home, where Iâ€™m watching an episode of â€˜Love Boatâ€. First song on the album is entitledÂ â€œHe Gave Me Musicâ€œ, itâ€™s full ofÂ wah-wahÂ riffs on a guitar, strings, brass,slap bass and a disco beat. Very uplifting, and I love the unexpected opening of this album. Unexpected? Yes because the album art suggests anything but this, thatâ€™s why this is a good choice!
Second on the album isÂ â€œLetters to Cinderellaâ€Â which features Nick Britt singing harmony on the choruses. Nick Britt and Destiny in duet soundÂ justÂ as good as Leslie Philips and Paul Smith did on â€œMake My Heart Your Ownâ€œ. Donâ€™t know who wrote this songÂ (I hate writing reviews without credits)Â but itâ€™s a superb lyric. Musically it would fit a Disney movie very well and if thereâ€™s no script to fit these lyrics, somebody ought to start writing them. Iâ€™m lyrical about this song! The first definition of the word â€˜lyricalâ€™ isÂ â€˜expressing deep personal emotion or observationsâ€™ andÂ the second isÂ â€˜highly enthusiastic; rhapsodicâ€™. If there was ever a â€˜bohemian rhapsodyâ€™ this is it! Destiny is expressing deep personal emotion, and does so in a highly enthusiastic manner.
The third song has the melodious makings of an old Irish tuneâ€¦.at least thatâ€™s the association I make. Maybe youâ€™ll hear Jamaica in itâ€¦. it doesn’t make any difference really ,whatever or where everâ€¦.it sounds marvellous anyway.
Let me make this statement now,Â to the writers that contributed to this album, some of who are unbeknownst to me. Who ever you guys are, thereâ€™s a minimum of two extra stars going be set in your crowns!!
â€œGarden of Incenseâ€Â is the next track, that starts with a piano fly that sounds like a thingÂ Dr. JohnÂ would do..a great gritty track; Destinyâ€™s crystal clear, soft, yet piercing vocals and the floating background vocals seem out-of-place, against that groovy backdrop. Somehow this provides a harmonious contrast that boosts this song into theÂ â€˜remarkableâ€™Â section of your music library. Itâ€™s been a while that I wasÂ so excitedÂ by a record.
The fourth song is also of world-class, magnificent perfect melody and everything comes together: two exceptional singers Destiny and Nicole Nordemanâ€¦wonderful singing, beautiful playing, superb lyricsâ€¦and that melody..did I mention that before? The songâ€™s entitledÂ â€œHe Starts With The Endâ€â€¦wow!
â€œI Just Came To Talk With You Lordâ€ that Dottie Rambo wrote is next and the musicians are playing it with a such a believable jazz vibe. I could hearÂ Norah JonesÂ sing this song. Destiny is a world-class performer, a nightingale. This isÂ sooooÂ good; this familiar tune made my jaw drop, as if I heard it for the first time.
My daughter heard the next song on the album, and said â€œHey, Dadâ€™s playing â€˜modern musicâ€™!Â â€˜Well I love you too darling!’Â No kidding. But thatâ€™s what she said, and I was grinning from ear to ear, she suddenly thinks Iâ€™m cool. The song entitledÂ â€œUpside Downâ€Â is besides stellar, modern indeed. Not because my daughterÂ (eleven years old)Â said so, but because this will always be considered modernâ€¦songs like this will never grow old.
Let me quickly skip to track Â 14 (thereâ€™s a total of 15 songs on this album), now that weâ€™re talking about songs that will never get old.Â â€œHe Will Provideâ€ isÂ a great standard from the gospel quartetâ€™s golden era! Written by Cornelius â€˜Macâ€™ McGuire (Destiny’s grandfather) and her father Dony. A song I first heard sung by the obscure Sabers Quartet years ago. This cutâ€™s musical setting is a piano and lush violins. Destiny is joined by Sonya Isaacs Yeary and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman; these three should record a complete album! Very moving rendition, and thank you, lovely Destiny for breathingÂ newÂ life into that classic, thanks for bringing it back to the party.
I suddenly feel incapable, unfit andÂ totally inadequate to continue like this. I’m continuing to struggle, trying to describe the splendor of this gem!Â Sorry yâ€™all,Â but IÂ canâ€™tÂ muster more superlatives without repeating myself! And in the days of short attention spans, Â Iâ€™m in grave danger to alienate my audienceÂ (yeah right, as if)Â by boring the living daylights out of you. So let me state that this album is a feast for the mind, body and soul.
You wonâ€™t be bored with this truly creative and daring album, I guarantee that, you may even quote me on that! I urge you all to buy this album on iTunes, and write the rest of the review, on the pages of your mind! Â This is a one of the most amazing albums I heard in a long time. Masterfully produced album and my sincerest compliments to whomever was responsible for the production! This is truly an album of epic proportions, itâ€™s intimate, uplifting, thought-provoking. Just all around impressive!
Destiny Rambo McGuireâ€™sÂ album is available through iTunes! Merry Christmasâ€¦and spread a little love around!
For more information on Destiny Rambo McGuireÂ https://www.facebook.com/DestinyMakesMusicÂ andÂ http://rambomcguire.com/2013/12/destiny-rambo-mcguire-journal-of-a-songstress/
By Vintage1966 (Auke Bijlsma)Â http://vintage1966.me/2013/12/20/songstress/
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