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C.D. on Songs: Merrily James – "Song for Sanna"

April 5, 2010

It’s no secret that scads of young people come to the area for the purpose of higher education. Some of them are scientists. Lots of them are drunks. But we always forget that we have a pretty sweet music school in our midst, and that also attracts a certain element. Stuck in amidst the guitarists trying to outshred each other is jewel in the rough Merrily James. She has a CD release on April 9 at the Red Room in Boston. We’re telling you about this early because she is giving the dang thing away all week on her ReverbNation page. Until April 9. You have one week

Merrily James – “Song for Sanna

[download it!]

It takes a certain degree of bravitude (that’s bravery, bravado and attitude) to really, really puts ones self out there. No crazy vocal effects. No layers of humanity to hide behind in the form of a huge band. Merrily James makes such a stand in “Song for Sanna,” sounding confident with naught but her voice and a sparse arrangement behind.

The arrangement is tasteful and deferential to the star of the track – James’ impressive voice. James displays an admirable vocal range, feeling equally comfortable in the highs as well as the lows. She is able to dial the power range up and down, raising to a high keen for the big moments, and bringing it down to a musical whisper in the more quiet ones. James’ big moment comes around the 2 minute mark, with a small crescendo that blooms quickly and smoothly and then fades away just as quickly.

A vocalists voice is their instrument, and James seems to to have mastered her instrument. The performance is comfortable and confident. James hits her voice’s sweet spot note in the chorus and plays with it every time it comes around, providing a reward for the listener each and every time.

Want to submit your band’s song to C.D. On Songs?

To be reviewed in a C.D. On Songs column:

*Be a Boston-based band/artist.

*Email a single mp3/m4a/etc. (or a download link to one) to cdonsongs (at) gmail (dot) com, with the subject line “C.D. on Songs” (DO NOT send us a bunch of songs and make us pick, we will ignore you). We require a file – not a streaming link.

*Include album cover art if you have any. If you don’t, a band photo or logo is acceptable.

*Tell us when you want to see it! Give us the date of your show and we’ll make sure it runs as close as possible to that day. No kidding.

We will assume that we have your permission to make the song downloadable on Boston Band Crush (readers will want to hear it, after all). If that’s not ok with you, say so and provide us with a link to the song on an embeddable player like ReverbNation – something we can include in the post (and not just link to).

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One Comment
  1. I recently bought Merrily's CD and all six songs are spectacular! Every time I play the songs, I find another reason to enjoy them. The song "Song for Sanna" which is about sisterly love is so powerfully written and sung. Also, "A Street with No Name" is another powerful song. This is one incredibly talented young singer/song-writer! Merrily is clearly destined for stardom….keep an eye out for her!Myron Dittmer

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