SEATTLE WAVE RADIO REVIEWS
MAY 25, 2018
Typically, Gentle strength is what I feel from Andrea Desmond’s newly released song “The Strongest”. A beautifully crafted song , that inspires hope in your soul. So many times a song about strength, leaves me feeling closed and angry. Defensive. Andrea’s song does the opposite. It fills me with strength, while remaining open and loving. Hopeful. Like believing the sun will rise tomorrow, and getting up early to see it happen. A new fresh start, on a new fresh day.
The song starts out with Andrea giving a soft, apologetic plea to her Source of Strength. Admitting her struggles, yet remaining open and hopeful that she will succeed. And the song continues on from there. A back and forth conversation, that fills her with strength. The continual affirmation that “ Baby, you’re the strongest one I know.”
As the song continues, the music broadens in its depth . A slow crescendo that builds and pulls your soul along with its journey.
The tempo itself, also builds courage. I was listening to it while out walking, and suddenly found myself hooking into a power stride. I kept hearing Andrea’s radiant voice encouraging me. A celestial coach, cheering me on to keep moving forward through whatever challenges I was experiencing. I loved the empowering lyrics “ The day has come that I take back my life.”
Andrea possesses the unique gift of being able to pull out honest emotions, and place them into a beautiful song. A healing and guiding voice, in a confusing world.
by Susan Varnes-Newland
Typically, I do not review artists/songs without seeing their live performance first. I like to be in the presence of the artist so that I can feel their energy, and fuel our connection. However, when Seattle Wave Radio asked me to review Andrea Desmond’s song “Inner Fire” I agreed. I trust their judgment and understand their musical philosophy.
I did not read up on Andrea before I listened to her song. I wanted this to be a fresh and personal experience. Within seconds after pulling up her “Inner Fire” lyric video, my soul was connected into her message. I found myself in tears. It was like she had retrieved my personal memories and placed them into this powerful song. The struggle, the distress, the perseverance and The Hope. The understanding, that it’s the challenges we go through, that lead us onto a brighter and happier path. ‘’This too shall pass.’’
How did this young musician gain the wisdom it’s taken me 50+ years to learn? That is a sign of an artist who is connected to her soul. And it’s reflected in her music.
Strong, inspirational and soothing. Her vocals and instrumentation carrying the message beautifully along on its journey to our own souls. Andrea is a talented musician, who has the exquisite ability to breathe life into her lyrics. I find the strength of this song to be comparable with that of Sara Bareilles and her song “Brave.”
“Inner Fire” will become an inspirational anthem for those soldiers in life, who are fighting to put one foot in front of the other.
“It’ll come around again
It always does
It’ll come around better than you dreamed of”
Truth and Hope, wrapped up in this beautiful package of music.
I’m looking forward to the release of more of her new music and EP in the Summer of 2018. She will be giving us a gift that we all can accept.
by Susan Varnes-Newland