We may already have received one of the best albums to be released in 2009. This album, Julie Clarkâ€™s 1/13/2009 release Change Your Mind, really places the bar for any GLBT musician that much further than it had been in 2008. This is due to the fact that Clarkâ€™s music simultaneously struggles for the GLBT cause without being circumscribed by what listeners tend to assume about GLBT-oriented artists. When January 13th comes around, make it a point to pick up â€œChange Your Mindâ€. The amount of touching personal narrative is just one of the reasons that this album is essential: one need only listen to â€œIf It Werenâ€™t For Thatâ€ to understand how much Clark is bringing to the table.
â€œIf It Werenâ€™t For Thatâ€ showcases Clarkâ€™s problems with weight, but does not orient itself as a â€œpity meâ€ type of track. Rather, it shows how the indomitable human spirit is present in all of us: whatever problems that an individual may be struggling with at this point, dedication and support by loved ones is essential to get oneself over any hurdles that may be present. The songs on â€œChange Your Mindâ€ showcase the myriad of identities with which Clark identifies herself, especially when one comes across â€œCourage of Our Convictionsâ€. â€œCourage of Our Convictionsâ€ is the anthem for the GLBT movement in a way similar to the early works of James Brown representing all the flame and fury of the civil rights movement.
The hooky nature of the track is enough to ensure that listeners remember the song, and the song itself shows that the GLBT movement, 40 years in the making, is still as vital and as vibrant as it ever has been. As the albumâ€™s title may indicate, a few listens will shake up the assumptions that you had regarding GLBT artists, female artists in general, and pulling far enough out, what exactly music should do for listeners once they pop in a CD or fire up their iTunes. Where Clark has gotten accolades from places such as the Kerrville New Folk Competition and the Virginia Music Awards in the past, I have little doubt in my mind that â€œChange Your Mindâ€ will bring a new level of fame and popularity to Clark, until that point when any womanâ€™s or GLBT group would simply kill to have her on stage or discussing about any of the many issues that were brought forth during â€œChange Your Mindâ€.
Top Track: If It Werenâ€™t For That
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