Sara Thomsen | Everything Changes

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Everything Changes

by Sara Thomsen

An intimate portrayal of the heart breaking open and apart, tumbling through transformation with elegance and grace--modulates from joy to despair, crusty to tender.
Genre: Folk: Gentle
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Metamophosis
0:22 $0.99
2. Todo Cambia
4:59 $0.99
3. I Remember These
5:35 $0.99
4. Forbidden Love
3:46 $0.99
5. All Across the Land
7:01 $0.99
6. A Woman's Place
4:04 $0.99
7. I May Never Understand
4:12 $0.99
8. The Morning After Your Heart Breaks
3:20 $0.99
9. Everything and More
2:06 $0.99
10. I Let You Go
5:20 $0.99
11. Where Is My Heart?
3:07 $0.99
12. Don't Ask Me
3:35 $0.99
13. Can't Tell You the Reason Why
3:00 $0.99
14. The Beauty of the Dancer
4:30 $0.99
15. Holy Angels
2:46 $0.99
16. Everything and More
0:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Sara Thomsen has created a recording that is subtly captivating and seductive in its fragility. “Everything Changes” is a personal record that magnetically pulls you in.

Some artists write big, bold anthems that can overwhelm a listener. This record quietly beckons.

Enter this world to find a woman daring to go into those vulnerable, dark places that we all like to keep hidden. Thomsen does it with courage, eloquence and dignity, while translating the contents of her soul into musical form...

"...Thomsen’s heart has weathered upheaval and come out bigger and fuller. In “Everything Changes” she has produced a self-portrait that is radiant with elegance, grace and honesty. It weaves its way into your soul."

--Review in the Duluth News Tribune

Spanish for everything changes, “Todo Cambia” is the title track and only cover song on a CD of otherwise Thomsen originals. During travels in Mexico, Central and South America, Thomsen became familiar with Argentine singer Mercedes Sosa’s popular version of this song written by Chilean Julio Numhauser. “To me this song is hope distilled,” says Thomsen. “It has carried me through the upheaval of difficult personal change and, on a social and political level, it gives me comfort and courage in the face of dismal and disheartening world affairs. Things will move. Everything changes.”

Other highlights include “A Woman’s Place,” commissioned for Women’s Month at the College of St. Benedict (St. Joseph, Minnesota), which tackles an expansive subject with shimmering lyrics and latin rhythms that beg for dancing feet. “I Remember These” is a poignant collection of childhood memories and tribute to Sara’s lefse making and poetry writing grandmother who nurtured Sara’s first creative love of drawing and painting. A quote by Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy—“Not only is another world possible, she is on her way”—in part inspired “All Across The Land.”

Piano, bass, drums, dobro, banjo, lead guitar, trumpet, flute, violin, cello, and harmony vocals accompany Sara’s clear voice and acoustic guitar, adding flavor and pizzazz to an exquisite musical mix.

Produced by Thomsen and co-produced and engineered by Eric Swanson at Sacred Heart Music Studio in Duluth, Minnesota, Everything Changes is Sara’s fourth solo album. Sara's earlier releases include By Breath (2003), Fertile Ground (1999), Three Altos/Camaradas (2005) and Arise (1995). Sara has also released a fifth solo album, Somewhere to Begin (2014).


“Thomsen’s soulful voice, poetic lyrics and unforgettable melodies cut through to the heart and the soul of human experience,” proclaims the Minnesota Women’s Press. With a voice rich as the best mid-west soil, Sara's songs carry you inward and outward—in, to the particulars of your own life, and out—into the shared humanity of us all. Her performance style is easygoing and full of humor and depth, capturing the audience’s engagement. Sara’s music gently enfolds and unfolds the listener.

Everything Changes is Sara’s fourth solo album. Cuts found on her earlier releases have won numerous accolades and songwriting awards. Sara won the Minnesota Folk Festival’s New Folk Songwriting Contest for “Irene Marguerite” and “Keepin’ the Peace,” off By Breath. “Is It For Freedom,” on Fertile Ground (and also on her more recent CD Somewhere to Begin), won a Top Finalist award in the national Bringing Music To Life Contest created by Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul and Mary) to recognize songs of sociopolitical concern. Published in Sing Out! Magazine and aired frequently on Democracy Now! radio news program, the song’s impact on listeners has expanded Sara’s audience nationally and internationally.

Sara is a weaver of song and community singing. At concerts, conferences, classrooms, workshops, retreats, jails, places of prayer, and lines of protest, to be with Sara is to want to sing. Increasing wonder and awareness, deepening spiritual connection, and widening social engagement through song is at the heart of her work. Sara's ability to get people singing magically transforms gatherings into communities empowered with possibility.

In addition to her solo work, Sara produces multimedia group performances involving dance, poetry, visual art, storytelling, puppetry and music. She is the artistic director of the singing trio Three Altos, comprised of a rabbi (Amy Bernstein), a folksinger (Thomsen) and a professor (Thomsen’s partner, Paula Pedersen). Sara is the founder and artistic director of The Echoes of Peace Choir, a non-audition community choir in Duluth, Minnesota.

Sara grew up surrounded by a family and community that loved to sing. From listening to her father sing her lullabies, to singing her first solo in junior high, to writing her first songs and onward, Sara’s life has been infused with music. She is a staunch supporter of struggles for human dignity and ecological sustainability. Slowing down enough to see and hear the vibrant wonder of the ordinary is her work and play. All this can be felt in her music. Whether it is a song welcoming a newborn, protesting a policy, depicting night falling or describing a loved one, her music is alive and pulsing.



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Everything Changes
Love the variety. All Across the Land is such a great intro to I Am A Woman, which celebrates woman. Sara is an extraordinary poet.

Renate Tamamushi

Everything Changes
It is hard to chose a favorite in this album. The songs touch us in our most human feelings of love and pain, the remembrance of a beloved grandmother or the dislike of shallow chitchat. The big song about strong women is very special. In short I love this CD and hope for more songs from Sara Thomsen.

Ginny Ravnik

everything changes
it is the best. i've been sure that everyone i KNOW hears song #3 - 'I Remember These' -
it's for everyone who had a grandma they loved & miss now.

Julie Gallegos

Healer, creator, scholar and techer
This music puts a smile in my soul and on my face. My favorite song is A Woman's Place. We as women need to know the true blessing we are to the universe and we need to be encouraged and empowered to share the God-given gifts of our soul to make our universe a better place for all. Just like Sara is doing! :-)