Sunday, September 2, 2012

A Lullaby to Wander By

I've been absent. Not just here, but everywhere. In my mind,  even. I still feel absent. But this is a lazy afternoon, so I thought I'd write a blog post. I hope to be posting more in September.

My vinyl collection has a grand total of 5 records in it. The only one of these that could be considered rare is Through the Eyes of Terry Bêr, which is by... you guessed it! Terry Bêr.

This album was released in 1968, and it's actually not very hard to get a vinyl copy of it. It has not, however, been released on CD or in any other digital form, officially, which is a shame.

This album was nothing like I expected. I thought it would be more psychedelic folk, but nothing could be further from the fact. It's core genre is folk, but it has influence from Spain. Or perhaps Mexico. I would even say there is a Mariachi influence on a couple of the songs.  Though initially surprised, I've grown extremely fond of this album.

Of the 12 tracks, half of them were written by Terry. Notably, there are two Leonard Cohen covers and also a Donovan cover. The songs written by her are my favourites, though. (They are 'Wouldn't You Loved to Be Clothed Like a Tree'; 'A Lullaby to Wander By'; 'But If You're Lonely'; 'Come on Over to My House'; 'Streets of My Village'; and 'Gemini Gypsy'.) In  case you haven't guessed from the title, my favourite is 'A Lullaby to Wander By'. This peaceful song sounds like the atmoshpere the title conjures. That's all I have to say, really. :)

Have a listen: