Today’s Free Download Redux – Mindy Smith

mindy.jpgThere’s been a link to a stream from Mindy Smith’s upcoming “Long Island Shores” release elsewhere on the blog, but until now, no MP3s from the album. With Vanguard Records’ posting of “I’m Not The Only One Asking” Mindy fans finally have something they can move over to an iPod (or Zune, if they’re so inclined). The track is a soaring gospel tune, co-written with Fred Williams, that’s been in Mindy’s catalog for awhile. Note: Be sure to add the MP3 extension to the file after you download – it’s not there by default (it’s simply called “Mindy”).

This song and other spiritual numbers prevalent in Mindy’s work lead some to wonder whether her music belongs in the Christian, not Americana bin at Borders. She has this interesting observation in the song notes:

Most people know there aren’t really keys to Heaven. It’s just a metaphor for wanting somebody to come and give you some absolutes, to help your life make sense. But nothing really is absolute … not until you die.

Guess that means that while you may see Mindy in church on Sunday, she’s not on the same page Rapture-wise as Dubya (who doesn’t, as I recall, even attend church – at least not publicly).

Enought of that. Mindy Smith’s awesome soprano holds the key to my personal Heaven. Enjoy.

Today’s Free Download – Mindy Smith

3726631_mindy_200.jpgOK, it’s a MySpace stream, not a free download. But “Out Loud” is a strong advance track from Mindy Smith’s upcoming “Long Island Shores” CD, a record I’ve been anxiously awaiting.

She reminds many of Patty Griffin, but the deeply personal nature of her songs set Smith apart.

The upcoming record draws from childhood memories:

… a nod to her family and her heritage growing up in Smithtown, New York. The album is scheduled for release on Oct. 10th. “Long Island Shores” retains the raw, emotional intimacy of Mindy’s songs and haunting vocals but adds some sharp edges both musically and lyrically, broadening the landscape of Mindy’s storytelling. Mindy co-produced this record with Steve Buckingham and Lex Price along with additional production by Roger Moutenot.

“Out Loud” is a richly textured, complex track. It retains the frail vulnerability of “One Moment More” and “Angel Doves” but also has the urgent power of “Come to Jesus,” the breakout track from her first album.

“Why should we stand in lonely shadows/when there’s so much light around?” sings Smith, and the song emerges joyously around those sentiments.