Nancy Day is the kind of musician who makes you feel that you have known her all your life. Her vocals range from a soft alto to an uplifting soprano. She is skilled on both keyboards (piano and organ) and acoustic guitar. She is so genuine and appealing that you feel drawn to her music from the very first notes.
High Time is Day's twelfth recording. Each song feels very personal and at the same time, reaches inside every one of us, describing universal feelings of love, loss and the joy of everyday living. Day has made excellent use of musicians in her local Boston area, particularly the superb John Bumstead on cello.
From the opening cut, Secret Heart, we are thrust into Day's world of deep feelings and emotions. "Please walk with me into my secret heart/because you are moving me through history/and you are solving my unsolved mystery of love." The chorus makes use of several layered tracks of Day's voice creating the sound of a backing choir. Day accompanies herself on keyboards, with Matt Beddia providing a light touch on percussion.
Rain on the Water is one of the recording's strongest tunes. It describes the feeling of finding the right one, at last. It connects that kind of love to the natural world—raindrops on the surface of a lake, the open sky—the cycle of nature. Day on piano and Bumstead on cello are perfect here.
My favorite cut is Thinking of You. It is the kind of song that stays with you, running through your mind when you least expect it. It immerses you in the feeling of having loved a love so passionate that it still resonates. It is the kind of love that is unforgettable. The emphasis is on that feeling of love that is so distinctly personal. Each line of the chorus begins with "I,I,I," grabbing you in such an emotional way. It is so good it is difficult to describe. The emotions are strong, raw and deep.
My Heart is Alive is a lovely waltz—a contemporary and especially pretty one. It is so upbeat and lovely to listen to.
All That You Do is an appreciation of the simple things that a lover brings to one's life. Day's piano and vocals run in and out of one another. It is an intimate tune that offers all that is in the singer's heart.
Nancy Day's territory is the landscape of the heart. In High Time she gives us a key that opens a door into an inner world of love given freely and passionately; a love that sometimes goes astray, but leaves deep impressions and memories. Day's music takes us on a journey that touches on the many aspects of love. Once you listen to the music of Nancy Day, you will gladly follow her in any direction. High Time is full of beautiful music for all of us who have known love, or want to be in love.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
Copyright 2012, Peterborough Folk Music Society and Roberta B. Schwartz.
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