Imagine Me

Diana Jones

New Shoes Records
1608-B Kerr Street
Austin TX 78704

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Julie Block


Diana Jones' Imagine Me, combines the traditional American folk genre with a cutting edge on modern female folk music. She manages to avoid the monotonous sound that tends to stereotype folk music and she brings in a variety of music styles such as blues and country.

This up and coming artist displays a refined lyrical and melodic style. Her hypnotic voice, accompanied by a fresh-sounding acoustic guitar, is soothing and pure. Jones' voice reaches out like the sound of trees brushing against each other in the wind. Her passionate songs and deep voice tell a story of a young woman perplexed by love. In If You Were Mine, she goes beyond the realm of poetry and imagery into a fantasy world through which

the stars would fall
with wishes that come true
we could smell the earth
and taste the sea
my secrets would be yours.

To Rise, one of my favorite songs on the album, reaches out to all those who suffer with HIV and all those who know someone who knows someone with HIV. She tells a story of someone who battles with grace and dignity. Jones, strong and inspiring, gives a sense of renewal for those lacking hope.

Rough Land, the song after To Rise, demonstrates Jones' best use of her vocal range. She jumps form high to low sending the listener on a playful rollercoaster ride in this song about viewing the world.

In There's a Fire, the first song on her CD, the sound of her guitar, like raindrops trickling down, support her dynamic lyrics about a women being guided by a fire which live in her.

"There's a fire burning in me
crossing borders finds me safe in your arms
holding me here and leaving me wherever we are
I don't know where we are/ but there's a fire,"
she sings.

Diana Jones' Imagine Me, takes you into her world where nature and beauty prevail over everything. Her portrait of nature reminds us that many of our own problems are relatively trivial. She addresses everything from love to the experiences she adventures through the eyes of a young women. Each song has its own charm and displays Jones' diverse style.

Edited by Shawn Linderman

Copyright 1997, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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