An Evening With Mary Gauthier
Rifles and Rosary Breads is Marys new studio album she co-wrote with wounded combat veterans. Read about it on the http://www.ushartford.com/nourishing-spirit/music/meetinghousepresents/ website.
In her recent album, Trouble and Love, Gauthier's songs rise from what she describes as an especially dark period. "I started the process in a lot of grief," she explains. "I'd lost a lot. So the first batch of songs was just too sad. It was like walking too close to the fire. I had to back off from it. The truth is that when you're in the amount of grief I was in, it's an altered state. Life is not that. You gothroughthat. We human beings have this built-in healing mechanism that's always pushing us toward life. I didn't want to write just darkness, because that's not the truth. I had to write through the darkness to get to the truth. Writing helped me back onto my feet again. This record is about getting to a new normal. It's a transformation record."
The heart of that transformation, beating withinTrouble and Love,is love. But its not the kind of love that's celebrated on pop charts. In those tunes, love is its own end; the story stops as the giddiness sets in, with no hint of what may follow. Gauthier knows better; she has the scars to prove it.
"For me, love has been a real challenge," she admits. "Attachment has been a challenge. This record is about losing an attachment I actually made. The loss of it was devastating because I hadn't fully attached before to anyone. The good news is that I can. The even better news is that I can, and I can lose, and live. Not only do I live, but I've got a strength that I never had before."
Meeting House Presents at the Unitarian Society of Hartford (View)
50 Bloomfield Ave.
Hartford, CT 06105
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