By: Sara Zeno
The airy music and vocals
of Jean Mann's
Seasons offer a welcome simplicity in our world of continuous
noise. Her songs live in a world inhabited by the constant and enchanting
presence of the moon, sun, water and trees. Without interruption
or flourishes, Mann's lilting (and sometimes haunting) voice muses
over the undiluted structure of acoustic guitar.
a waltz that invokes visions of the old world, opens the album.
It includes the evocative sounds of mandolin and cello, performed
by Beau Gordinier and Kim Blanchard, respectively. Their talents
pepper Seasons with nostalgia-flavored sounds.
Mann's perspective distinctively
colors her songs. Blue Trees, written in remembrance of a
friend, allows spirit to shine through loss: I always know where
you are / In mountain mist, a breeze on high carries you home /
A drop in the river, in the vein of the earth / Ever flowing on.
And all is at peace in your world.
In The World,
which Mann refers to as her "love note to the world,"
gently nudges, It's always easier for me when the sun shines
bright / And the sparkles lay across the water / Hey, I figure if
they can dance so, just think what I can do with the day.
and meanders with possibility: Spring springs ahead, and still
the snow is falling down on my head / But wait a minute, that's
pink petals scattered on the ground / Outside, the season of love
abounds. In lieu of silence, Mann's music exudes a quiet peace.
Seasons is as soothing as a forest stream.