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In White Light

by Rachel Bissex

On her fifth release, she steps into lush orchestral arrangements of her tender and insightful songs. Includes the song Welcome to the Game, from the movie Nothing like Dreaming.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. In White Light
5:37 $0.99
2. Here Now
4:05 $0.99
3. Just Like That
3:37 $0.99
4. Last Blast of Winter
3:43 $0.99
5. Waitin' On the Rain
4:56 $0.99
6. Welcome to the Game
3:35 $0.99
7. A Little Wild
4:01 $0.99
8. Into My Arms
3:14 $0.99
9. Standing in the Dark
4:38 $0.99
10. No More Songs
4:48 $0.99
11. Never Go Back
2:43 $0.99
12. Dancing With My Mother
4:06 $0.99
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Album Notes

Rachel Bissex, 48, of Burlington, Vt. died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005, at her home.

She was born Dec. 27, 1956, in Boston, Mass., the daughter of Harriet Abeel Bissex and Henry S. Bissex.

She graduated from Newton South High School in Massachusetts, and then from Johnson State College in Johnson, Vt. in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in fine arts in performing arts.

On Sept. 28, 1985, she married Stephen Goldberg in Plainfield.

Ms. Bissex was self-employed as a singer, songwriter and an author. She enjoyed music, theater and community work.

Survivors include her husband, Stephen Goldberg, of Burlington; a daughter, Emma Goldberg, also of Burlington; two sons, Matthew Cosgrove of Bloomington, Ind., and Jonas Goldberg of Maplewood, NJ; four brothers, Donald Bissex of Melrose, Mass., Karl Bissex of Plainfield, Vt., Paul Bissex of Northampton, Mass., and Walter Bissex of Huntington, N.Y.

A scholarship fund for her children has been established. www.rachelbissex.org


Rachel Bissex is an award-winning* songwriter with a flair for witty lyrics and great melodies. Her fifth and latest release features many songs arranged for orchestra, and the themes are uplifting and full of hope despite adversity.

Bissex finished treatments for breast cancer in December of 2003. Through lumpectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, and hormone therapy she maintained her positive spirit with the help of friends and a support group. She's on the good side of the statistics, and is happy to be back on the music circuit in 2004.

She has a role in the feature film Nothing Like Dreaming, by Vermont filmmaker Nora Jacobson of OfftheGridProductions.com, which is currently in post production. The film follows a young girl's struggle through a tragedy, and features several songs written by Rachel, who plays the mother of the young woman.

Ms. Bissex's work has carried her from her Boston roots, Miami to Madison to San Antonio to San Diego, and she also loves to play her unique and contemporary style of folk singing in Vermont, her home since 1977.

*Kerrville NewFolk, Wildflower winner, Falcon Ridge Festival Favorite, Telluride finalist, Billboard Honorable mention



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Moving... just like Rachel
This CD represents the moving ability she has in people's lives. Truly an inspiration both musically and soulfully. It puts chills up my spine and raises the hairs on my arms, just as if you were standing there talking with her...

Maritza Prats

Loved it! During a recent Spiritual Retreat, the instructor used "In White Light" as our closing song for obvious reasons. The song is very moving.

Mr. Curt

Poignant and evocative songs that shows she was truly standing in the light!
From the opening strains of "In White Light", a peaceful maternal ode recorded with the Vermont Youth Orchestra, Rachel was preparing a meditative and transcendent journey through times of doubt and moments of acceptance. An absolutely gorgeous beginning to her final album. Then, songs such as "Waitin' On the Rain", "Into My Arms", "Standing in the Dark", and "Never Go Back" create a poignant and touching aura, highlighted by her delicate contemplative singing and the resonant instrumentation. Truly her finest moments as a singer-songwriter. The orchestrated concluding track, "Dancing with My Mother", written over ten years ago for an earlier album, brings the circle complete. I was emotionally in pieces. A talent like hers will surely be missed.

Bonnie Kerrigan

Awesome Love it.
A very touching and thoughtful album. Great voice and playing and great back up musicians. There is nothing I did not like about it.


mesmerizing music
I first heard In White Light on the radio and practically had to stop the car, it was so unusual and beautiful. Now at home, listening to this CD is like a drinking a comforting cup of herbal tea.

Paul Bellefeuille

A light-filled masterpiece.
If an artist has to leave their mark on this earth before leaving, then this is cd's lasting impression will be one that will enternally flower. This listener feels that Rachel somehow knew that this would be her last effort and created In White Light as a song of life and life's renewal. She is now walking in white light and wanted to let us know that someday we all will join her. Thank you Rachel!


I knew I would love it beforeI ordered it
Because I made sure to always make to church or to Kerrville to hear her sing, I knew I would love this cd. I only put off buying it because I wanted to buy it in person from Rachel. I will miss her dearly and I know that she is walking in white light. There are alot of us in TX who miss her already.

Myra Symons-Kazanci

A beautiful period to a short sentance
Considdering this is her last work and keeping that in mind while you listen, makes this a very meaningful work indeed. She will be missed. This was a good ending yes, but it came all too soon.

joe mckay

very moving and pleasant listening
I was immediately taken in when I listened to the sampler.
Very moving and beautiful.

Dan Ellis

A fitting blessing to a remarkable career
The world has lost another one of it's true and blessed lights. Thank you, Rachel, for giving us this wonderful work - may your journey home be bathed In White Light.
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