CD Points of View [Anne Hills] (CD 6242860),
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Points of View [Anne Hills]

  • 1. I Am You
    2. Pennsylvania
    3. Two Year Winter
    4. Farm, The
    5. Alexandra Leaving
    6. My Daughter & Vincent van Gogh
    7. Plain Song, A
    8. I'm Nobody
    9. Moon's Song, The
    10. Holy Now
    11. Gardens
    12. Romeo and Juliet
    13. Leaf
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): APR CD 1119

  • Credits
    ProducerAnne Hills; Scott Petito
    EngineerScott Petito

    Personnel: Anne Hills (vocals, guitar, banjo); Scott Petito (guitar, banjo, percussion); Eugene Friesen (cello); Peter Vitalone (piano, organ); Sam Zucchini (drums); Priscilla Herdman, Cindy Mangsen (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Scott Petito.
    "Since my last CD of original songs," writes Anne Hills, referring to 1998's BITTERSWEET STREET, "I earned my masters in Social Work." The effect of that degree turns up in her writing, at least in the more socially conscious efforts, such as the lead-off track, "I Am You," a celebration of American multiculturalism and immigration; "The Farm," which is about losing one (or, more specifically, about the devastating psychological impact on the male farmer of that loss); and "I'm Nobody," sung in the voice of a generalized poor and powerless person. But listening to the rest of POINT OF VIEW, one would think that Hills also has advanced degrees in botany and meteorology, with, perhaps, minors in art and literature. This is a songwriter overwhelmingly interested in the natural world, particularly weather and plant life, who likes to throw in references to Emily Dickinson and Shakespeare. Only rarely does the songwriter seem to be expressing her own point of view in POINT OF VIEW, however. She is curiously self-effacing, at least until the last song, "Leaf," in which the narrator questions her own position, beginning, "Where do I fit in, what shape must I shift."

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