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Simply Sarah

by Sarah Morgan

A selection of relaxing instrumentals, uplifting vocal pieces using creative techniques and harmonies on the acoustic mountain dulcimer.
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Walking in the Parlor
2:07 $0.99
2. Time to Say Goodbye
3:24 album only
3. Peg O' My Heart
2:15 $0.99
4. Kesh Jig
2:44 $0.99
5. Twinkle (feat. Terry Lewis & Pam Lewis)
2:20 $0.99
6. Memory
2:49 album only
7. Lord, Help the Poor and Needy
2:27 $0.99
8. Fall Colors
2:44 $0.99
9. I Got Oil in My Vessel-Amazing Grace
4:33 $0.99
10. Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring
1:49 $0.99
11. Canon in D
2:13 $0.99
12. Don't Worry, Be Happy
4:38 album only
13. Jesus Loves Me
3:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
This the my first solo album that I have recorded. It is an attempt to incorporate all styles and music pieces to the mountain dulcimer, a traditional Appalachian instrument. My playing style is similar to mountain dulcimer players, Nina Zanetti, David Schnaufer and Linda Brockinton.



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Tull Glazener

"Simply Sarah" is "Simply Amazing"
There is nothing "simple" about this CD! Those of us who have been privileged to see and hear Sarah's musical journey with the dulcimer over the past 6 or 7 years can only marvel at how far she has come in such a short time and at such a tender age. This recording captures not only her technical mastery of the instrument, but it also conveys the pure joy that Sarah gets from sharing the instrument and the music it can make with others.

Sarah likes to adapt all kinds of music to her instrument, including fiddle tunes ("Walkin' in the Parlour", "Twinkle"), classical ("Jesu Joy", "Canon in D"), and contemporary ("Time to Say Goodbye
"). She even contributes an original piece called "Fall Colors", which she has dedicated to her friend and teacher, June Goforth. In addition to being a fine instrumentalist, Sarah is also an accomplished vocalist, and that talent can be heard on cuts featuring unique versions of the traditional gospel tunes "I Got Oil in My Vessel/Amazing Grace", as well as the Bobby McFerrin reggae tune "Don't Worry, Be Happy".

My favorite cuts keep changing every time I listen to this CD, but I've hit the "repeat" button more than once on her jaunty and cleanly executed version of "Peg O My Heart", as well as her achingly beautiful arrangements of "Memory" (from the broadway show "Cats") and "Jesus Loves Me", the latter of which features creative chord substitutions and liberal use of harmonics.

Sarah says the only thing she enjoys more than playing dulcimer is teaching it, and hopefully many of you will have the opportunity see her at some of the various workshop festivals in the near future. As the winner of the 2010 Southern Regional Mountain Dulcimer Championship held in Mt. View, Arkansas this past April, Sarah will also be traveling to Winfield, Kansas this fall to compete at the nationals.

Simply Sarah

Sarah Morgan's impressive respect for the dulcimer
Many (and perhaps most) dulcimer public performers use the instrument in the service of demonstrating their own personal preferences and skills. Sarah Morgan is one of those rare players who uses her prodigious musical skills in the service of the dulcimer itself, using its own "natural voice." I particularly enjoyed hearing her wise and tasteful uses of "secondary chords" (i.e., the minor chords that are naturally available in major keys). As she grows and matures, I hope that she will write carefully crafted instrumental pieces that will help to create a permanent literature for the instrument (perhaps a dulcimer's equivalent to the pieces in J.S.Bach's "Little Notebooks" for Wilhelm Friedeman Bach and Anna Magdelena Bach).

Wonderfully promising work, Sarah!