Mary Gauthier :: The Foundling


Bob Dylan is een fan van Mary Gauthier. Hij zal haar nog meer waarderen als hij luistert naar haar nieuwe CD The Foundling. Gauthier vertelt daar het verhaal over een kind, dat bij de geboorte door haar moeder in de steek gelaten werd, in een weeshuis terecht kwam en geadopteerd wordt. Eigenlijk gewoon het verhaal van haar eigen hartverscheurende leven. Met hulp van onder andere de Cowboy Junkies en The Band’s Garth Hudson leidt dat tot een meesterwerk, waar de emoties vanaf druipen en waar je kippenvel en soms zelfs tranen van in de ogen krijgt.

“I was born to an unwed mother in 1962 and adopted shortly thereafter,” Mary Gauthier explains. “When I was 45 years old, I searched for, found and was denied a meeting with my birth mother. She couldn’t afford to re-open the wound she’d carried her whole life, the wound of surrendering a baby. The Foundling is my story.” Available May 17 via Proper UK, the resulting musical narrative is the acclaimed songwriter’s intensely personal exploration into her experience and her subsequent search for meaning and identity.

Written and recorded over the course of two years, The Foundling was produced in Toronto by Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies, of whom Gauthier notes, “Mike understood my story and was able to create a musical landscape that captures the nuances of the narrative.” Of the album’s genesis, Gauthier adds, “I envisioned writing a song cycle about relinquishment and adoption, but for years the songs I was trying to write didn’t have an emotional center. When I found my mother, I found the emotional center of the album, as well as the explanation for the ‘orphan feeling’ I’d lived with since I was a child.”

Since her debut in 1997, critics have consistently heralded Gauthier. Her breakthrough album, Mercy Now (2005) was continuously “discovered” and lauded for the two years following its release, earning mentions on a score of year-end “best of” lists in ‘05, including the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and No Depression. Her most recent release, Between Daylight and Dark (2007) has been called “… a triumph that should catapult her to the forefront of Americana singer/songwriters,” by Paste Magazine, while the New York Daily News declared, “If she keeps this up, one day she may assume the mantle of Johnny Cash…”

1. The Foundling 
2. Mama Here, Mama Gone 
3. Goodbye 
4. Sideshow 
5. Interlude 1 
6. Blood Is Blood 
7. March 11, 1962 
8. Walk In The Water 
9. Interlude 2 
10. Sweet Words 
11. The Orphan King 
12. Another Day Borrowed 
13. Coda 


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