by Kelly McCartney (@theKELword) for FolkAlley.com
Harmony, by definition, is the synergistic coming together of disparate parts to create a whole that is, very often, greater than the sum of its parts. It’s an elemental force that transcends both form and function, appearing abundantly across the natural world as clear evidence of how things are supposed to be. Humans, though, too often take an “every man for himself” tack and, thereby, find ourselves struggling and straining to make progress.
In music, voices singing in harmony create one of the most primal, heart-melting sounds we will ever encounter. And few groups do that better than The Wailin’ Jennys. Across the span of 15 years, The Jennys (Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody, and Heather Masse since 2007) have joined their voices on five beautiful albums, with the sixth — Fifteen — set for release in late October. On the new collection, they apply their magical touch to songs by Tom Petty, Emmylou Harris, Jane Siberry, Paul Simon, and others.
Here, they turn Dolly Parton’s “Light of a Clear Blue Morning” into a reminder for resilience in each moment and a harbinger of hope shimmering out there on the horizon with each new day. And they do so in such perfect a cappella harmony that it’s hard not to trust in what’s possible when people come together with the best of intentions.