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February 11, 2010, 8:40 am
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Mary Chapin Carpenter
The Age Of Miracles

[Rounder; April 26]

Five-time Grammy winner Mary Chapin Carpenter returns in April with her eleventh studio album, The Age Of Miracles, her first set of all-new material since a life-threatening pulmonary embolism in 2007 forced her to take some time off the road. In her own words, “It is a personal exploration of regret and resilience but also a larger, more universal expression of wonder at the times that we are living in. The references to the Apollo moon landing, Hurricane Katrina, the anguish of Jena, Louisiana, and the courageous protest of the Buddhist monks in Burma are backdrops to the message of the song, which is: we live in an age of miracles when we can still believe that they are possible. The title song ties together my own personal need to invest in optimism and hope with what I see as the world’s weary yet unwavering ability to teach us lessons of humility and grace.”

The track ‘4 June 1989’ is about former soldier Chen Guang who, as a 17 year old, was part of the military deployment ordered to clear the protesters out of Tianenmen Square and now paints images of the crackdown based on photographs he took at the time, despite the inherent risk to his freedom. Another song, ‘Mrs Hemingway’, is about Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, “using her voice to look back at the lost years of the Lost Generation, just before her husband falls in love with her best friend and changes her life forever.” Alison Krauss and Vince Gill add guest vocals on ‘I Was A Bird’ and ‘I Put My Ring Back On’, respectively.

Tracklist:
01 We Traveled So Far
02 Zephyr
03 I Put My Ring Back On
04 Holding Up The Sky
05 4 June 1989
06 I Was A Bird
07 Mrs Hemingway
08 I Have A Need For Solitude
09 What You Look For
10 Iceland
11 The Age Of Miracles
12 The Way I Feel

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