Wings of Wonder
Claudia SchmidtRHR CD 144
Red House Records
PO Box 4044
St. Paul, MN 55140
A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
I have this buddy named Mickelson, of whom I don't see as much as I should. Every now and then, without warning, he shows up on my front porch, with a leprechaun's look in his eye. "Come on," he'll say, "lets go. It'll be fun." And he takes me on a trip, not knowing where it will be, but knowing it have just a touch of magic in the experience. Even if I've been there before, it seems different. I admire his sense of wonder and adventure, and extract a little of it whenever I am around him. |
So it is with Claudia Schmidt, as I listen to Wings of Wonder. Her music comes from many styles, sources and influences. Yet it carries a sense of adventure and integrity in every song she does. Schmidt's voice has a strength and soul of its own. As she tells the story or conveys the feeling in a song, you are drawn to listen more intently each time. The jazzy blues of Friday the Loveteenth, backed by some incredible work of Peter Ostroushko, is not only interesting to listen to - it is compelling. On Wings of Wonder," Schmidt's work on dulcimer fits perfectly with the mythical imagery of the song. Her voice soars to the heavens on Chamada, shuffles to the coffee houses on Somebody Else's Restaurant and journeys to another time on Wayfaring Stranger.
Not many albums get the "Repeat" button on the CD player these days. But Wings of Wonder is one of them. The diversity of the music, the strength of Claudia Schmidt's voice and the power of the arrangements require a replay. Over and over again.