Mae Robertson
& Eric Garrison,
Sweet Dreams of Home
(Magnolia Music, 1999)

What do you think of when you hear the word "home"? Cozy cabins nestled in the woods? Your mother's famous chocolate chip cookies? Snuggling in soft, downy blankets with a warm cup of cocoa? Whatever "home" means -- and every person has a different vision of it -- warmth, safety and tranquility are usually what people think of.

On Sweet Dreams of Home, the duo of Mae Robertson and Eric Garrison have done their best to convey the feeling of home. The eleven songs on the CD all have something to do with home, from Graham Nash's "Our House" to Garrison's title track, "Sweet Dreams of Home." Other tracks include "Home" by Holly Tashian, the traditional "Twilight is Stealing," another "Home," this one by Karla Bonoff, "I'm Going Home" by Arlo Guthrie and Dougie MacLean's "Until We Meet Again."

The songs are arranged as lullabies, with melodies sung by Robertson. Garrison joins her for harmony, except on "Home to Me (Is Anywhere You Are)," where she is joined by Tom Paxton. Robertson's voice is gentle and soothing, well-suited to lullabies, which is how she actually got the idea for her singing career. Her previous CDs have also been child-oriented. The previously reviewed Stone by Stone was Robertson's first release for adults.

Sweet Dreams of Home is more than child-oriented. It is in support of SOS Children's Villages-USA, an organization which offers an alternative to traditional foster placement.

Sweet Dreams of Home is a gentle CD, for quiet times and relaxation. Listen to it and you just might find yourself dreaming of the warmth and comfort of home.

[ by Laurie Thayer ]

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