"Soon and Again" is singer/songwriter Margie Adam's second collection of piano solos, and is a joy to listen to! Both lyrical and powerful, the music is full of strength and tenderness. The ten pieces were composed over a five-year period, and vary in playing style and emotional content, giving the listener a wonderful sampling of what Margie Adam can do at the 88's. A strong feminist and political activist, Adam is very prominent in the movement to create Women's Music (for women and pro-feminist men) and to bring attention to more women in the industry both as artists and as a culture. Co-produced with Barbara Higbie, "Soon and Again" has the integrity and quality of the Windham Hill productions of the `80's when Will Ackerman was still at the helm. The entire album is excellent, but there are a few stand-outs for me. I really like "River," a lazy, flowing piece that meanders at its own pace, going where it will. Relaxed and self-assured, there is a warm feeling of contentment and peace. "Two Years Later" is more melancholy and bittersweet - almost conversational - like catching up on the ups and downs of life with an old friend. My favorite track is "Go Ahead - Try Me!", an upbeat and rhythmic piece with some wonderful crashing bass notes and musical bravado to match the title. The title track is another favorite - dark and slightly bluesy, It starts out slowly, evolving into a more flowing and energetic movement that sparkles with life, and then returning to the original theme - very passionate and effective. I have to admit that this is my first experience with Margie Adam's music, and I'm hooked! Very highly recommended!
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