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Gaps in the Stories

by Denise Glover

Original heartfelt music in the American tradition, globally aware yet locally grounded
Genre: Folk: like Joni
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Gaps in the Stories
3:52 $0.99
2. Mary the Forgotten One
4:06 $0.99
3. Whiskey and Loneliness Don't Mix
3:57 $0.99
4. Any Old Time
3:27 $0.99
5. Medicine Man
5:19 $0.99
6. Crazy Ideas
3:58 $0.99
7. Bailey
4:17 $0.99
8. Castaway with You
4:43 $0.99
9. Nothing
2:58 $0.99
10. Papa Francesco
3:17 $0.99
11. Elijah
3:54 $0.99
12. Stand up Straight and Tall
3:57 $0.99
13. Listening
2:58 $0.99
14. How Easily We Are Fooled
5:15 $0.99
15. Blue Sky
3:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
The line "gaps in the stories" comes from Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale--it was a line that caught my attention a couple of years back when I read the novel, and it seeded a song that became the title track for this album. I wrote the song "Gaps in the Stories" for those that have been overlooked, forgotten, or otherwise silenced. I have been especially inspired by numerous grassroots movements over the past several years, including #MeToo, to raise up the voices of the silenced. Many of the songs on this album are about filling in the gaps in various stories.

"Mary the Forgotten One" is based on an alternate history of Mary Magdalen, as told by Elizabeth Cunningham in her trilogy, The Mauve Chronicles. "Medicine Man" was inspired by working with doctors of Tibetan medicine in China. "Elijah" is about those struggling in the new global economy in the USA. "Stand Up Straight and Tall" is about the 2016 US presidential election, where love must win in the end to heal the divide. These are a few of the songs on the album about filling in the gaps.

"Bailey" is a song I wrote about Bailey Holt, who was killed in a school shooting in Benton, KY on January 23, 2018. She was 15 years old. I read about her, I saw her picture online, and I cried. Then I discovered that I am related to her. All profits from the sale of this song will be donated to the Bailey Holt Memorial Nursing Scholarship at Murray State University in Kentucky, in memory of Bailey.

With 13 original songs and 2 covers, there is plenty to explore on this album.

Denise Glover - vocals, flat-top guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin
Julian Smedley - arch-top guitar, violin, viola
Cary Black - bass
Bob Knetzger - dobro, pedal steel

Produced by Julian Smedley
Recorded and engineered at David Lange Studios
Mastered by Ross Nyberg



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Joe Ross, Roots Music Report

Concise expressions that evoke qualities of life
The music of singer-songwriter Denise Glover, from Seattle, emphasizes rootsy original material with poignancy and soul. Besides singing, Glover plays guitar and mandolin. Her bandmates include Julian Smedley (guitar, violin, viola), Cary Black (bass), Bob Knetzger (Dobro, pedal steel) and Jeff Bush (percussion). The band gives us a passionate acoustic folk and Americana repertoire emphasizing prolific contemporary messages, thoughtful arrangements, graceful instrumentation, and relaxed vocals.

Opening with “Gaps in the Stories,” we hear about forgotten ones searching for meaning and relevance. It’s a stark reminder that life isn’t perfect, but one must stay optimistic and keep on believing. Other songs on the album perpetuate this theme. “Mary the Forgotten One” tells an alternate history of Mary Magdalen. Whether based on a dream or reality, “Medicine Man” calls for restoration of light to dark hollows. Several of Glover’s songs pose provocative questions. “Crazy Ideas” taps thoughts that are based on fears, and “Nothing” asks for clarification of another’s intentions. “Papa Francesco” questions whether the Pope will “be Francis in practice or only in name?” Glover’s songs have concise expressions that evoke qualities of life. Song crafting is an art, and Denise Glover has succeeded. While I’d like to hear a little more up-tempo material, her solid approach has a reflective, poetic quality and potential for widespread appeal. (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)