New album and tour from celebrated singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer brings her to Chicago on November 19
“We live in an ever accelerating world where we are not encouraged to stop, reflect or pause the perpetual motion of our lives,” Carrie Newcomer remarks.
Yet, Newcomer invites us to do just that in her newest recording, The Beautiful Not Yet.
On The Beautiful Not Yet Newcomer continues her inquiry into how life’s deepest questions show up in our daily lives and explores how we might live more present, engaged lives, even in the face of division, uncertainty, or heartbreak. “I’ve always been more intrigued by good questions than easy answers questions like, what do I love beyond words or measure, what sustains and connects us?” she asks. “Where do we find help in hard times, how can I be more present in my daily life, and when I stop and pull back the layers of distraction, what is at the very heart of my life?”Newcomer joined forces with producer and banjo virtuoso Jayme Stone (Lomax Project) to create The Beautiful Not Yet. It is a collection of joyous, earthy songs featuring elegantly layered chamber/roots arrangements, Newcomer’s signature warm, intimate vocals, filled with the ache and awe of human experience.
Many of the songs on The Beautiful Not Yet were created in conversation with beloved author Parker J. Palmer (Let Your Life Speak, Healing the Heart of Democracy), as part of a collaborative spoken word/music piece, What We Need Is Here: Hope, Hard Times and the Human Possibility, that imagines a human-scale approach to addressing and responding to what is happening in our world by reorienting our focus from an outer world that feels invincible and overwhelming to the inner powers of the human heart.
Newcomer explains, “The things that have always saved us personally and as a community are still here to save us; compassion, kindness, empathy, generosity, a sense of humor, decency, faithfulness and good parenting are all still here. Yes, the things that have always tripped us up–greed, racism, tribalism, unchecked commercialism, and violence—are also still here, and so we name and contend with these things as well. But too often we look ‘out there’ for solutions, when what we really need is right here, within us and between us.”
Newcomer will be in Chicago on November 19th performing two shows at Old Town School of Folk Music. Tickets and more info here.
(Press Release provided by Rock Paper Scissors)