Anke Summerhill | Shine On Through

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Shine On Through

by Anke Summerhill

Lush, (mostly accoustic) arrangements & infectious melodies -- "Like feng-shui for the Heart" -- Brian Cutean
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wild Bird's Wing
4:13 $0.99
2. Windowsills
4:32 $0.99
3. Shine On Through
3:23 $0.99
4. Big House
3:36 $0.99
5. Some Things
4:21 $0.99
6. Blue Line
4:20 $0.99
7. If A Day Was An Island
4:36 $0.99
8. Like The Water
4:18 $0.99
9. New Year's Resolution
3:24 $0.99
10. Frozen Circles
4:11 $0.99
11. White Bones
4:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Anke Summerhill's new release, shine on through, is replete with richness, insight, warmth and a tribute to our fragile but triumphant spirit. The music is as soothing as basking on a sun-warmed boulder while the iridescent mist of a waterfall settles over us. We don't feel inundated by its power, simply blessed.

Richly expressed in its wistful quality are a longing, compassion and exploration of relationships. Composed primarily of love songs, with a hearty dose of self-introspection, the work includes a worthy nod to a diversity of styles. Also present, though not as prominently as in her previous CD, The Roots Run Deep, is the sensuous engagement with landscape as comfort, as a bridge or sacred ground where we coincide despite our differences.

Anke has brought back several musicians from Roots, with some added to boot. Most notably is the piano virtuosity of local [ Utah ]performing artist Steve Keen, on piano and accordion. His lilting artistry on "If a Day Was An Island," takes me back to the early 70's when Steve graciously swapped piano lessons for macrobiotic cooking sessions.

The album's first cut features John Mock's penny whistle, which functions not so much an instrument of the British Isles but for its plaintive "Wild Bird's" voice. The rich percussion of earlier works is replaced by drum work of John Gardner, the house drummer for the Grand Ole Opry. Harmonies of voices familiar to local acoustophiles (did I make that up?) recorded here then engineered in Nashville, are so well mixed, the voices merge, often almost indistinguishably--not unlike the intimacy between two people that the songs seem to yearn for.

Matt Flinner's banjo & mandolin move jauntily, sometimes evocatively behind many of the melodies, especially emphasizing the playfulness behind the "New Year's Resolution." Here a certain poignancy sometimes suggested in the songs is replaced by a bold declaration: "I don't want to hear about it. Go and tell somebody else." The work resounds with smiles of an artist enjoying herself, the musicians, even the listeners.

Still, compassion and depth reign throughout the songs. Whether expressed in a bluesy way in the title cut or with a jazzy, saxophone-infused questioning in the mysterious "Big House," or while "waiting for wisdom and grace... to scatter the darkness," Anke's lovely talent clearly shines through." ~ Lin Ostler, Catalyst Magazine



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Martin Renzhoffer, Salt Lake Tribune, March 25, 2003

ANKE SUMMERHILL, "Shine on Through": Grade A
On "Shine on Through," Anke Summerhill's second album, the elegant Utah singer and songwriter continues her maturation as a recording artist. Summerhill surrounds herself with many of Salt Lake City's finest musicians, including Kate MacLeod, who also took the vital role of producer. The arrangements -- and Summerhill's voice -- are stunning without overpowering the simple beauty of her lyrics. "Windowsills" and "If a Day Was an Island" are standouts on an album full of standouts.

The After Dinner Story

This is music I trust
Consistently expansive and deeply compassionate, Anke's new CD "Shine on Through" has coaxed the most timid parts of my soul out into the sunlight.
This is music I trust.

Jayne Darling

I have really come to enjoy "Shine on Through". There's a deeper harmony with this collection of songs. The words and music create a beautifully woven fabric that just seem to embrace you. I'll enjoy this one for a long time to come!


Let the secret out!
In a world of confusion and worry, somehow a spirit seems to arise that proclaims beauty and the transcendence of those human traits that comfort and inspire. I love Anke Summerhill. I love her soul. I love her warm shower of poetry that cleans my cynical hard head for a moment, long enough to believe that there is still hope.