The Melodies In Me (Myrrh MSB-6591) 1978
The Melodies In Me finds Honeytree once again in top form. True, she’s mellowing out and beginning to shed that hippie image a smidgen, but none of that matters when you’ve got a great collection of songs like this. The lyrics also seem more personal this time, some of them being inspired by her parents (to whom the album is dedicated). Melodies is probably her most diverse set, something you’ll notice right from the start with the opening ‘40s-style slow jazz crooner ‘The Broadmoor Song’, complete with swingin’ brass section. In fact the brass-backed ‘One Sweet Word’ is the only track with any real rock edge to speak of. Her love for classical music is evident on the ballad ‘Melody’ which opens with a segment from Dvorak’s ‘Largo’ theme. Smooth velvety so?-jazz grooves turn up on ‘Making Melody In My Heart’, ‘Bittersweet’, ‘Mirage’ and the lovely string-caressed ‘Diamond In The Rough’. In the folky category are the minstrel-like ‘His Majesty Reigns’ and the mandolin-backed ‘Up To The Mountains’. My second favorite Honeytree record, right behind Evergreen. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
Thank you Donald for the rear cover photo.
Tracks: 01. The Broadmoor Song 02. Theme from Largo, Symphony #5 [New World Symphony] and Melody 03. Up To The Mountains 04. Making Melody In My Heart 05. Bittersweet 06. Thief 07. His Majesty Reigns 08. Mirage 09. One Sweet Word 10. Diamond In The Rough Home