Colors of My Heart

Colors of My Heart

by Sharon Burch
     
 
Sharon Burch's original songs are rooted in her experiences as a Navajo woman. For her third album, the award-winning songstress (who has been called the Native American Judy Collins for the beauty of her voice) explores the relationship of mother and child ("Don't Be Afraid") and for the first time interweaves English and Navajo lyrics in her tales of sharing family

Overview

Sharon Burch's original songs are rooted in her experiences as a Navajo woman. For her third album, the award-winning songstress (who has been called the Native American Judy Collins for the beauty of her voice) explores the relationship of mother and child ("Don't Be Afraid") and for the first time interweaves English and Navajo lyrics in her tales of sharing family traditions ("Pigeon Corn"). Often accompanied only by guitar and Native American drums, Burch expands her sound on this collection by drawing in the talents of experimental guitarist William Eaton, southwestern percussion master Will Clipman, and cellist Rachel Harris ("All Is Beautiful," "Colors of My Heart"). The ensemble complements her acoustic guitar and vocals, creating songs that are direct and yet tonally complex. In the three years since TOUCH THE SWEET EARTH, it's clear that Burch has continued to focus her musical vision of sharing the life of the Navajo community with her neighbors.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
Navajo singer/songwriter Sharon Burch continues the journey she began on YAZZIE GIRL and her award-winning TOUCH THE SWEET EARTH. These songs, sung in both Navajo and English, express the innocence of the relationship between a mother and her daughter, as well as the relationship a woman has with the earth. All songs appeal, with catchy tunes, like a mother might sing to her child: "Don't Be Afraid," "Little Star Shine," "Cradle Song," and "Spotted Horse." Some of these are real toe-tappers, some are suitable to sing as rounds, and you'll probably want to join in -- even if you don't speak a word of Navaho. Burch is joined by Will Clipman (percussion), William Eaton (synth guitar and bass), Claudia Tulip (flute), Allen Ames (violin), and Rachel Harris (cello). The singer also colorfully overdubs infectious harmonies over her own lovely voice. The exceptionally excellent CD booklet includes easy-to-read lyrics, translations, and color photographs of Burch and her relatives at home in New Mexico. COLORS OF MY HEART is a joy!
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Sharon Burch's Colors of My Heart reflects the beauty of Navajo traditions, the relationship between mothers and children, and childhood's innocence. She sings tracks like "Wee Play," "Pigeon Corn," and "Cradle Song" in Navajo and English, capturing the overarching importance of the songs' messages.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/1999
Label:
Canyon Records
UPC:
0729337053625
catalogNumber:
536
Rank:
289888

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sharon Burch   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Dumbek,Vocals,Rattles
William Eaton   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Bass (Vocal),Bass Guitar,Synthesizer Guitar
Will Clipman   Percussion,Chimes,Conga,Drums,Djembe,Rattle,Taos Drum
Claudia Tulip   Flute,Ocarina
Allen Ames   Violin,Vocals
Rachel Harris   Cello

Technical Credits

Sharon Burch   Producer,translation
Robert Doyle   Executive Producer
Roger Gorman   Artwork
Jack Miller   Engineer
Stephen Butler   Producer,Executive Producer
Jeffrey Nagy   Graphic Design
Peter Temple   Engineer
Marvin Yellowhair   translation

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