Tina Lear in 'sneak preview' of new CD
June 25, 2008 · Updated 11:53 AM
"Singer-songwriter Tina Lear will introduce her newest songs to her Whidbey audience as she kicks off the Anniversary Weekend celebration on Friday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. Lear's third CD (due out this coming September) is somewhat daring, she said, with songs that address some larger issues and questions. I think of it as 'Tina grows up.' This is me as an adult, looking outward into the world. My first two CDs were more introspective.The song titles reflect some of that new perspective: The Village Is Ours, People in Cars, Flying Solo, There and Back Again, Don't Look Away and the last track, The Road Home, whose lyrics mirror a world view: We're not meant to travel alone; Take my hand and we'll make it all the way home.It is that final song that Lear will record live at the concert, asking her audience to join her.I wrote it for here, she said. I want to sing it first for the people who've made me welcome, and helped me not be alone.Everyone is invited to sing the song for the CD. And if you think your voice leaves something to be desired, sing louder than the rest, Lear said. That's part of the magic.Lear also plans to sing some of her most popular songs from previous albums: Capable Women, Classified Ads, Deep Green Sea, Tuesday Night Communion, plus two songs so new they won't be heard until her next album.Joining Lear on stage from Austin, Texas will be Mitch Watkins on guitar (Watkins also produced the new CD); and from Fort Collins, drummer Gregory Long and bassist Jason Hollar. There will also be some surprise musical backup,The community is also welcome to join Lear in a pre-concert recording of The Road Home on Friday at 1:15 p.m. at WICA. Call 221-8363 by Friday morning so the recording set-up can be planned.I need as many friends as can be there--regardless of the quality of your singing voice (an important point) to sing the backup vocals at the end of the song. The beauty is going to be in the spirit and the many-people-ness of it, Lear said.The concert at WICA will be a precursor to a tour Lear will begin in the fall, in Canada, Seattle, Portland, Eugene, Northern California, San Francisco, Reno and Spokane.It's my first tour, Lear said. For the first time I really believe in this CD. And you've got to put it out there to have it come back. "