This collection of song lyrics celebrates both the spiritual and the ordinary; they stand on their own as poetry, and they chronicle the many joys of mountain life. Reading this collection left me feeling as if I had been part of a large mountain family, hearing their stories told around the kitchen table. The comfort and confidence these authors take from their faith in God shines through every page. Their feelings for their home, their family and their Lord permeate each verse. Brown and Barber write songs that are sentimental and nostalgic but never cloying.
I think "Ballads, Blues and Blessings" is a volume that readers will treasure. Turning its pages brings inspiration, comfort and joy as the reader explores the memories they've captured in song.
The Sylva Herald
The authors of "Ballads, Blues and Blessings" have captured in verse and rhyme some of the hardships and joys that families endured during the "hard times." The lines are never out of focus and never overwritten; they are honest and direct. Their songs and poetry also demonstrate the values instilled by their mountain heritage -- their strong faith, sense of humor, and joy in the beauty of each day.
The stories contained in this book are very intense and will touch your heart, evoking many emotions while taking you thru the seasons of their lives and the lives of other mountain folk. Their songs about the blues put the experiences of life in perspective and allow you to identify with their feelings; and their songs of praise give credit to their Maker for their lives and their abundant blessings.
As for me, having come from similar beginnings, I can relate to many of the songs herein and I can assure you there is something there for everyone. This has been a re-awakening for me. It has been an honor and a privilege to write this book review for my very talented cousins, Kathy and Betty.
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Kathy Collins Barber lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with her husband, Cliff and their dog, Bailey. Between them, Kathy and Cliff have four daughters and six grandchildren. Two of the daughters live in Massachusetts and two live in Northern Virginia. Kathy collaborates long distance with Betty on writing projects and on recording CD's. They have learned that they complement one another's style and share one another's passion for telling their stories through song. Like Betty, Kathy is also inspired by her strong faith and gratitude for God's abundant blessings in her life
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