Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Consumer Critique: Mearra - Selkie from the Sea

Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

If you aren't familiar with the Selkie, it's a Celtic myth about a magical seal that can become human. Linda Marie Smith has taken this inspiration for her new album, Mearra - Selkie from the Sea. Mearra, the young Selkie girl, falls in love with a fisherman who falls in love with her in return. But she can only stay seven years, and she and her son must return to the sea, while her husband and daughter stay on land.

The songs are farther-reaching than the story, though. In Smith's words, "Mearra's story is a relevant experience for all human beings. Love is the most important thread in the human existence. We yearn for it, we risk our lives for it, we succumb to it, we thrive in it."

Although this is not a children's CD, it made a beautiful bedtime CD for my daughters. My older one was a little sad when she first heard it, but then we talked about how love and loss are part of life, and love is worth the risk. Apart from the words, I loved the style. It's a mix of romantic, folk, and rock music, woven together with Smith's easy-to-listen-to voice and the combination of percussion, strings, and synthesized sound. It was a very pleasant CD to get to review!

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