Monday, November 14, 2011

Leigh Nash Infuses the Sacred Songs of Old


Being Hispanic, I didn't grow up with hymns. I personally didn't know any until much later into my adulthood. I've come to find that they are very comforting, especially in seasons of difficulty and struggle. I would go as far as to say they are a comfort food like "mashed potatoes" or "bread pudding." Okay. . .well. . . those are MY comfort foods of choice!! : )


Hymns & Sacred Songs,

the first of 3 projects by

Leigh Nash,

is my bread pudding ; )

This album is comfort food

for the ears and heart,

while quieting down

the storms of the mind.




As always, Leigh has that angelic sound to her voice! It's so soothing.
Her harmonies are so gentle, yet so tight in their form. . . .beautiful!

Musically, this album is amazing, having that sound of a T-Bone Burnett production.
It almost reminds me of "Raising Sand" by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.
John Hartley, who did a fantastic job in producing this album is also known for working with artists; Matt Redman and Aaron Keyes, whose CD I recently reviewed.

The Track List is as follows:
1.Savior, Like a Shepherd (Blessed Jesus)
2.Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
3.Isaiah 55
4.Oh Heart Bereaved and Lonely
5.Power of the Cross
6.Give Myself to You
7.Come Ye Thankful People Come
8.Blessed Redeemer
9.Out of My Bondage
10.Song of Moses
11.Praise the Lord Who Reigns Above
12.Be Still My Soul

















I truly love this album.


The song I am playing the most (right now) is Fanny Crosby's "Oh Heart Bereaved and Lonely." Songwriter Chris Eaton and Leigh wrote the melody. What an amazing acoustic sound!! It seems like the gear used here is vintage. So beautiful. So haunting. The bass moves you like gentle waves on the ocean.

As said in the title, Leigh has taken these sacred songs of old and has infused them with her signature voice, adding simplicity and newness.

I've said it before and it bears repeating. . . good music surpasses all genres. This album is no exception. Hymns are part of the fabric of our lives brought over by our forefathers. These songs are alive today as they were over 200 years ago.

And although these songs have been recorded over and over, Leigh Nash has done a beautiful job of not only keeping the integrity of each and every one, but owning them.

This album needs to be a staple in our collections. . . well it is in mine : )


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