WINDY CITY TIMES
||MUSIC For Keeps: Deidre McCalla
by Gregg Shapiro
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Singer/songwriter/guitarist Deirdre McCalla performs Sat., Nov. 15, at Mountain Moving Coffeehouse for Womyn and Children, 7:30 p.m., Summerdale Community Church, 1700 W. Farragut, ( 312 ) 409-0276.
Some 30 years after the release of her debut album, Fur Coats and Blue Jeans, Deidre McCalla is back with her latest disc Playing For Keeps ( MaidenRock ) . Continuing to combine her persuasive political messages with folk, country, bluegrass and gospel musical arrangement, McCalla's latest is definitely a keeper.
McCalla shines her unique sense of humor on 'If God Only Knew,' a song about a serious subject, on which she is joined by Linda Tillery. Touching on topical matters 'from crusades to jihads,' McCalla sings 'Armies line up/And their hearts fill with pride/Each one convinced/They've got god on their side.' You can almost hear her shaking her in the chorus as she sings, 'For if God only knew/What's being done in her name/She'd realize the humans/Have all gone insane.'
Playing For Keeps also has a pair of songs about letting go of love. 'Moving On From Here,' contains the empowering lines, 'Looking straight ahead/Facing the fear/I can't undo what's done/But I am moving on from here,' which is a sentiment to which many people can relate. 'Thanks For Asking' deals with the dreaded experience of running into an ex-lover after a break-up and is infused with a positive outlook.
'Mama Loves Me,' which is about the many 'ways to be a family,' deserves to become the theme song of alternative families everywhere. In the song, McCalla, who is a co-founder of Atlanta Family Pride, sings about same-sex parents, single moms, and blended families, with a warm, loving and parental embrace.
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