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CD REVIEW: Ruth Garnes Self-titled Album

A Registered nurse, passionate poetic and lyric writer.Writes to give voice to those impacted by social issues. A parent of both chosen and birth children, Ruth Garnes is an advocate of children affected by abandonment and abuse. Born in Belize, she migrated to New York at age eighteen. After studying nursing, worked as an emergency room nurse initially with the disfranchised and homeless population of New York.Later worked in the Houston Texas area.Has volunteered with both the United Way and Benevolent Missions International. It was the challenges and emotional struggles of her chosen children that gave birth to some of her poems. But her poems become songs too, and some of them are worth pointing out in their own-right, as the culturally healing vehicles they appear to be. The listener will have to distinct from where each of them are coming, much easier by following her book titles. But you can also hear them first, it’s just like to have a better impression after reading her works. However, starting with “A Place Of Love” is as good a place as any. This is reggae music in the traditional sense of the word, which happens to be the best sounding genre explored in the songs on offer. And it stands above most of them in the fun department.

“Red, White and Blue” is more of an American anthem in style, but to its credit is a traditionally well-structured song that only falls short because it’s not very long. But it stands above and beyond that of “September” and “September Instrumental” which only reach the fun button by comparison. They’re just not as serious that way. And that gets rectified on “XoXo Emoji” with a mainstream pop touch, although an acoustic number for the most part. It just gets into relating to some across the board subject matter. You will find this one of the better Songs by Ruth to be heard, if you get the opportunity. And so, it goes that way for “Heaven Must Have Sent You” with the same caliber of musicianship delivered, if only I knew who to credit that to. This is another good track but who recorded it I have no way of telling. I guess the credit all goes to Ruth Garnes and it doesn’t matter at the end of the day, but it would sure be nice to know who I’m hearing. The two latter tracks could use more exposing simply for the reasons given, but this isn’t by any means the normal way to review music, having never read her books because I don’t review books. But having said that, it’s better than much music I’ve heard in audiobooks.

It’s all neither here nor there once you hear some of these tracks, as they make up for others and it doesn’t matter who’s playing them as long-as Ruth Garnes is behind them somehow. “Go Away” is another track worth mentioning because the lyrics are stunning, and the track follows a comprehensive storyline, as where a few others fall weak in that area. This is a song that seems to give a nod to the band America, as well as contain great lyrics dealing with immediate social issues. If I were to ride Ruth’s songs on just one of them, this would have the edge for me, as a few come close but others don’t stand up to. Get the books first.

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by Kevin Webber

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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