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Hearts Content

by Raison D'Etre

Vocals in the three-part tradition of Trio, The Roches and Peter, Paul, and Mary. Rhythm section accompaniment in the "little" big band style of the Mills Brothers. Swingin' country folk.
Genre: Country: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I've Got the Heart
3:30 $0.99
2. After the Goldrush
3:46 $0.99
3. Broken Radio
5:52 $0.99
4. Singing the Blues
2:23 $0.99
5. Hard Times Come Again No More
3:08 $0.99
6. In the Mood
2:35 $0.99
7. Be True
4:12 $0.99
8. Nothing But a Breeze
4:06 $0.99
9. No Blues on a Mandolin
3:48 $0.99
10. Blues on a Mandolin
1:27 $0.99
11. Some of Shelly's Blues
2:54 $0.99
12. Java Jive
1:38 $0.99
13. Hearts Content
4:49 $0.99
14. I Will Always Love You
3:14 $0.99
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Album Notes
"For the mystic harmony
Linking sense to sound and sight"--Folliot Pierpont

HEARTS CONTENT is named after Track 13, a song by Roberta Schultz about a stand of old growth forest trees in Pennsylvania. Because she and her husband got lost finding the camp ground at HEARTS CONTENT, their vacation journey became a spiritual metaphor for Schultz years later.

"I remember how the camp host came tumbling out of his RV to greet us after we'd spent several hours backtracking on a road ominously called Route 666. We told him laughingly that 'ya can't get there from here!' and he responded with, 'no, there aren't any shortcuts.' Those words came back to haunt me many times in the difficult years to come."

The result is a song about finding the metaphorical HEARTS CONTENT and a CD about the content of three women's hearts.

"This CD is in danger of having a theme,"laughs Schultz,"in that each song we chose is connected to something we cherish. For example: family, Mother Earth, Shakespeare, swing music, hot beverages, and Dolly Parton."

HEARTS CONTENT features guest musicians Danny Wilson on electric bass and Randy(Mando Rando) Brewer on mandolin. Designer, Freddie Thoman, did the Victorian valentine cover art and photos.

Trio members Violet Rae Downey, Vickie Ellis, and Roberta Schultz contribute their usual strong three-part harmony arrangements backed by their own piano, guitar, percussion, banjo, banjovie, and six-string mandolin accompaniment,

HEARTS CONTENT is a valentine to all those who've "got the heart." Raise on!



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Dixie Hoffman

"Hearts Content" provides the best of both worlds
Yes! "Hearts Content" provides the best of both worlds to this listener -- cover songs, and originals. The CD contains wonderful arrangements of some longtime "classic" favorites like Neil Young's "After the Goldrush", Jesse Winchester's "Nothing But a Breeze", and Michael Nesmith's "Some of Shelly's Blues". Included in the five original songs is "I've Got the Heart", which gives me chills (and that's a good thing), and the haunting "Broken Radio" (another choice cut). Raison D'Etre's voices perfectly complement each other, making for a very enjoyable collection of music. See if you can play this CD all the way through without stopping to repeat certain cuts -- I certainly can't!!


Raison d'Etre for England
I recently had the chance to take this CD as a gift to some friends that live in Stratford-Upon-Avon in England. The gentleman I gave it to sings traditional English folk music, and he especially enjoyed the "trad" tunes on the album. After hearing about the Shakespeare connection of "Be True" when Raison played in Cincinnati, it seemed fitting to take it back to Shakespeare's home town! Hooray for Polonius and Raison d'Etre!

tonya weaver

love the harmony.
received the cd. I especially love the song be true. very relaxing to listen to after a hard days work.

Gina G. Rosset Smith

Heart's Content
"Heart's Content" contains a variety of harmonious songs to"soothe the soul".I also have found this & the other 2 of their CD's I own to be vital to my collection of "Women's Music"."Java Jive"is fun,"I Will Always Love You",a classic of which I never tire,&"After the Goldrush","In the Mood",& "Some of Shelly's Blues" are good choices for this CD.I look forward to more music from this group!!!