(21 March 2004)
Debra Alt has created a mellow, gentle set of lyrics and melodies
in A Spirited Mother (Debrasong Music (USA) DS 3983, 2003).
"It was created to be a work of lush beauty to soothe, inspire and
celebrate the fact that the best interests of our children are only
served when we are true to ourselves," says the artist. Languid tones in soft rock
ballads create a peaceful atmosphere with lovely vocals and
Soaring and clear vocals abound throughout this album. This artist has
taken her life experiences and transformed them gracefully into messages
to teach a lesson. "Teach You to Fly" is a lesson to her daughter about
being true to herself while "Moving On" describes the end of her marriage.
"One Heart at a Time" has flowing melodies and poignant vocals that tug at
the emotions. There seems to be a warmth and honestly in her music, with
sometimes folksy and soft rock interludes.
Each song seems woven into the next, creating a tapestry of straightforward
harmonies. The ballad, "Just Your Way," exhibits a gentleness with the aid
of background vocals by Nicole Freschette, Mickey DiMichele and Paul Scialabba;
Richie Volza on keyboards/piano; John Morello on drums; Mickey DiMichelle on
bass; Mario DiMichelle on guitar; and Barbara Wiggin on viola.
Most of the songs on the album were written by Alt. One exception was
"Love Will Come to You" written by Emily Saliers with its catchy tune and
mandolin riffs by Paul Scialabba and percussion by Wil Guadalupe. The
sophistication of her music continues with clarity of vocals. "Never Never
Land" lends itself to a jazzy feel with the saxophone stylings of Fred Scerbo.
Each song continues with a story or lesson of life's experiences. Notably,
the exquisite song, "Born of Light" was written for the Children's Place at
Home Safe, a shelter for abused and neglected children. The album ends with
"Road to Zion," written by Mike Hudson, a prayer-like song that expresses the
gentleness and intended spirit of the album, "you shall be a blessing."
The original lush tunes and gorgeous vocals make this CD a standout. Alt
has an engaging style intertwining soft rock ballads, jazz and classical elements
to create an aura of peacefulness in her music. There is a genuine and inspired
feeling of sophistication throughout and leaves you smiling.--Audrey Elliot