My favorite is "On & On" with it's light guitar picking, about a baby and wishes all parents and good souls have for youngsters... And for some reason, she had to let the baby go. "I know you're not really mine; you were my child; you were my baby; you were mine for a time... No, I'm not crying ; Now you're flying, flying..." Most of us have been touched by a child at some time in our lives, whether our own or not. And it reminds us that life goes on and on.
"Waiting" is another favorite, featuring backing vocals from Glen Phillips. Singing of the love we spend our lives looking for - "but I still believe, and you're my answer why; my heart was tired, a faded paper valentine; now my heart's a child, racing crazy every time." We're all waiting. Accompanied by Jonathan Kingham on piano and Eyvind Kang on viola, the layers tugged at my emotions and that longing.
The album ends "With You Now" reminds me of my own relationship with my wife - a passionate, spontaneous woman. I'm the reasonable, calm one here. And yet the relationship works. "You, the quiet one - let's talk until we're done - when the red sun goes black..." and "You brought the mountains, I'll bring the sea" - but "I am with you now..." Accompanied again by Kang on viola, there's just enough strings, guitar and piano to keep the melody rising and falling like waves.
Edie will be another one for me to watch in the years to come, and I may have to find a few of her previous albums. Be sure to check out Bring the Sea and take a look at Edie's website for tour dates and other info!