Nancy Krebs – Moved by God - Catholic CD Review

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Nancy Krebs is a seasoned performer, having recorded 6 beautiful albums of meditation-style music marked by deeply thoughtful lyrics and fine storytelling. Her 7th CD, Moved by God, continues in this tradition but takes a major leap forward musically.

For the first time, I feel the musical arranging matches up to the quality of the songwriting. Soft contemporary instrumentation and whispered background vocals beautifully complement Nancy’s pure, effortless vocals, framing her lyrics.

Thematically, Moved by God is about movement. “These songs all contain some kind of ‘movement’: turning outward, inward, upward or downward in the direction that God would have us go,” Nancy writes in her liner notes. The artwork on the cover also beautifully conveys this theme.

Each of the 12 songs is top notch. Among my favorites is “The Quiet,” a gentle invitation to retreat to a place of silence to regain your center. The music sets the perfect tone and mood to achieve quiet in the midst of chaos.

I also love “Welcome Me Home,” a song loosely based on the parable of the Prodigal Son. It has a bossa nova feel to it, supporting the lyrics in painting the picture of a gentle and merciful Father.

“Mary Knew” is one of the most touching story songs Nancy has ever written. Her vocals perfectly punctuated the lyrics and took me deep into the story of the mother and Son and the special love they shared. I was truly moved and wanted to revisit that story again and again.

“We Adore You” and “Road to Emmaus” are two of the most upbeat songs on the album. “We Adore You” builds gloriously through the clever use of background vocals, while “Road to Emmaus” builds through the lyrics and the dramatic lead vocal.

All the songs achieve their goal – transporting the listener to the heart of God. I keep listening to Moved by God over and over to get back to that place.

You will too. You can purchase Moved by God through Nancy’s website at www.nancykrebs.com.

Copyright 2009 Susan Bailey

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Susan Bailey is an writer, speaker and musician. She is the author of River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times, published by Ave Maria Press, and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message, part of the Literary Portals to Prayer series published by ACTA Publications. Along with her own blogs Be As One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion), Susan frequently contributes to CatholicMom.com and the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. She has also contributed to Catholic.net and Catholic Online. Susan writes articles and a monthly column known as Be as One for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press. Bailey, who works as a marketing/advertising assistant for a local real estate firm, is an associate member of the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, where previously she served as chair and secretary, helping to organize the biennial “Gather Us In” women’s conference, one of the first major Catholic women’s conferences in the country. As part of her duties she wrote the monthly column for The Catholic Free Press known as “Concerning Women” and appeared on CatholicTV’s “This is the Day” to promote the conference. A professional musician and graphic artist, Bailey released four CDs, performed on EWTN, CatholicTV and World Youth Day 2002, and worked as a cantor in her parish of St. Luke the Evangelist for fifteen years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (with concentrations in US History and Music) from Bridgewater State University. She and her husband, Rich, have two grown children and live in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Susan invites you to join her email list where you will receive updates on exciting professional developments and speaking engagements. Email subscribers also receive special giveaways and previews of new projects. Susan loves a good conversation and looks forward to corresponding with you! Join here.

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