Gretchen Peters (from the album Dancing with the Beast)
Multiple images reflect in the facets of the gem that is woman on Dancing with the Beast, the recent release from Gretchen Peters. Age varies, as do the situations and settings that surround the characters. Diversity is the common ground for the women who walk through Dancing with the Beast playing tug of war with extremes. The female leads in the stories stand at different intersections as life cruises down streets lined with sorrow and sadness as the wheels try to find traction in better days. The title track names the shadow that crosses a day as male, “Dancing with the Beast” circling with an imaginary lover that takes a little piece of soul with each turn. Gretchen Peters opens the album walking down a hometown street, getting lost in familiar settings and in the face looking back from the other side of the mirror in “Arguing with Ghosts” as Dancing with the Beast looks back through the eyes of a senior citizen watching life become a “Disappearing Act” and stares down a dark hallway into the future with the confessions of a twelve-year-old in “Wichita”.
A bittersweet beauty shines through the tarnish of the lives in Dancing with the Beast, the music playing melody against melancholy. It becomes personal for Gretchen Peters as she prepares once again for “The Show”, guiding visitors through her museum collection of the ways of the heart in “Love That Makes a Cup of Tea”. A rhythm marches steadfastly across “Lowlands” as Dancing with the Beast points towards forgiveness in “Say Grace” while Gretchen Peters introduces a cast of characters to join in the chorus of “Truckstop Angel” and paints a picture of “The Boy from Rye” with words and music.
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