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On 'Better Medicine' Raison d'Etre (Violet Rae Downey, Vickie Ellis, and Roberta Schultz) display their vocal versatility for three-part settings of Shaker hymns, 60s anthems, swing tunes, traditional folk ballads, and sensitive singer-songwriter renderings. The title cut was written by group member, Roberta Schultz, to express her belief that music is a 'better medicine' for what ails the 21st Century. Backing themselves on guitars, keyboard, light percussion, and mountain dulcimer, Raison d'Etre delivers straight, uplifting three-part arrangements. Chris Philpotts adds soprano sax to the standard, 'Moonglow' and to the Great Depression's theme song, 'Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?' A three-part setting of Joni Mitchell's 'The Last Time I Saw Richard,' and a gospel-flavored cover of Mark Graham's 'Zen Gospel Singing' round out the eclectic flavor of this disc that represents the group's first ten years together.
On 'Better Medicine' Raison d'Etre (Violet Rae Downey, Vickie Ellis, and Roberta Schultz) display their vocal versatility for three-part settings of Shaker hymns, 60s anthems, swing tunes, traditional folk ballads, and sensitive singer-songwriter renderings. The title cut was written by group member, Roberta Schultz, to express her belief that music is a 'better medicine' for what ails the 21st Century. Backing themselves on guitars, keyboard, light percussion, and mountain dulcimer, Raison d'Etre delivers straight, uplifting three-part arrangements. Chris Philpotts adds soprano sax to the standard, 'Moonglow' and to the Great Depression's theme song, 'Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?' A three-part setting of Joni Mitchell's 'The Last Time I Saw Richard,' and a gospel-flavored cover of Mark Graham's 'Zen Gospel Singing' round out the eclectic flavor of this disc that represents the group's first ten years together.
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Format: CD
Label: CDB
Catalog: raisondetre2
Rel. Date: 06/03/2003
UPC: 659696039827

Better Medicine
Artist: Raison D'Etre
Format: CD
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On 'Better Medicine' Raison d'Etre (Violet Rae Downey, Vickie Ellis, and Roberta Schultz) display their vocal versatility for three-part settings of Shaker hymns, 60s anthems, swing tunes, traditional folk ballads, and sensitive singer-songwriter renderings. The title cut was written by group member, Roberta Schultz, to express her belief that music is a 'better medicine' for what ails the 21st Century. Backing themselves on guitars, keyboard, light percussion, and mountain dulcimer, Raison d'Etre delivers straight, uplifting three-part arrangements. Chris Philpotts adds soprano sax to the standard, 'Moonglow' and to the Great Depression's theme song, 'Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?' A three-part setting of Joni Mitchell's 'The Last Time I Saw Richard,' and a gospel-flavored cover of Mark Graham's 'Zen Gospel Singing' round out the eclectic flavor of this disc that represents the group's first ten years together.
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