| Carry Us Through This Night
"BRAVO to Linda Allen and Women with Wings for your authentic and transforming contributions to healing! Through music and song, your voices soothe the soul and put hurts and fears to rest for a bit. "
"I was so overwhelmed with your comforting music! There are so many friends and relatives of mine who are at difficult times in their lives and your CDs will be greatly loved, enjoyed, and appreciated."
"I gave a CD to a patient of mine, and she said it was the most exquisitely beautiful, healing music that she has ever heard. She’s been playing it over and over and over again."
"Your music is beautiful, soothing, and an opening to the soul. Thank you, and I know you will be blessed for offering up the deepest parts of your heart to the world. "
"Linda Allen's "Where I Stand" CD lifts our hearts with it's courageous personal stories and universal themes of caring. Her silky voice supports both her spirituality and her down to earth messages of human love and struggle. Don't miss this one!"
"There are so many innovators, and imitators, and angst-ridden songwriters, and the whole thing has changed so much in the twenty-five years that I have been doing the show, and then occasionally you do an album, and that swings it all back into place. The heart and spirit is like a shot in the arm for those of us who are becoming jaded.”
|Where I Stand
"Linda Allen is a peoples' musician. People like her keep that idea from becoming a relic of the past. Linda hears a story, reads a headline, observes a confrontation, senses a broken heart and then turns it into song. When we hear it back, we are invited to stay human."
"Linda Allen writes the songs that will heal the cloudy places in your heart. And her latest release, "Where I Stand", is filled with the love she contributes to our world."
"Where I Stand" is truly a piece for our time. With roots that go deep in the folk tradition, these are songs that will wash over your spirit like a cool rain. When things appear as despairing as they so often do these days, like bees to the flower we are drawn inexorably to images of beauty and hope. Listen to Where I Stand long enough and sooner or later you will begin to believe once again. Perhaps like you used to believe, long ago."
"This CD reveals the best writing of Allen's career. Most of the songs on Where I STand are political and/or strongly philosophical. "God of All Beyond the SEa" is a deeply moving requiem for victims of the 2004 tsunami and the survivors' search and prayers for their vanished children. "Old Love" brought tears to my eyes. It's one of the most realistic, yet romantic songs in tribute to an aging, but very much alive relationship. "Helga Estby" grippingly tells of her harrowing cross-country walk across Americal in 1896. Allen also exhibits a great sense of humor, such as in the "Wake Up Song" for her son Nathaniel, where she resorts to everything shy of cruise missiles to get him out of bed in the morning. Similrly, the title gives away the punch line of "Mama Cleans Out Her Purse", a song worth of Lou and Peter Berryman. ---this is a wonderful recording of honesty and mission wrapped in poetry."
"Wow. Linda Allen has made a lot of records, many of them in the service of Washington State’s important projects, causes, and messages, but now she has made the CD for all of us, and for just herself, and it’s her best. This is a great artist in her full majesty. Her voice is rich and deep and supple, and she sings with a warm, frank ease and optimism. The opening, title cut is a proud declaration that she is going to continue to stand up for her ideals, and it sets the tone for the album. Those ideals do not waver, but Allen invites us to share in her life, both her activism and hard work (“I Believe”, “Heroes”) and the goofy little vignettes of everyday existence (“Wake Up Song” and “Mama Cleans Out Her Purse”). Her guitar playing is splendid, and she’s tastefully backed up by a small group that includes her now-adult children. The record has a full, professional sound without being slick, and is loaded with popular appeal without selling out or resorting to easy hooks. It’s simply great; maybe the Pacific Northwest’s record of the year.”
| The Long Way Home
"The Long Way Home is a collection of memories and anecdotes, which challenge traditional values in an ever-changing world. The songs in this album have an upbeat lilt and provide restful background music for daily tasks and activities. Listen while driving or working, and you'll find the Long Way Home the best way to get there."
|Lay It Down:
Images of the Sacred
"A beautiful and lively expression of women's lost voices -- the voices of women's spiritual journeys, longings and lost history".
"Linda's songs rise out of the ground of ordinary life and give voice to our deepest longings... and questions. Linda as an artist to my knowledge has never taken herself with undue seriousness, nor has she ever flinched from putting herself on the line: this combination of courage, humility and eloquence is the mark of the great preachers as well as the great songwriters".
"Linda sings with extraordinary grace and compassion of common lives radiant with strength, courage and love. Her exquisite voice reaches straight to the heart. October Roses, one of the best produced folk albums I've ever heard, is a delight to listen to."
"....a wealth of sensitive lyrics, combined with a clear, resounding sculptured harmony reveals simple and grand heroic women.. a soft, mellow, but generous work of art."
"Her art clearly reflects the heart and soul of women struggling for justice and equality."
"The songs are direct - vocals backed by polished instrument work. They're songs with a message and they're meant to be sung as much as listened to."
|Mama Wanted to be
a Rainbow Dancer
"...especially valuable for women's studies courses, women's history week celebrations and just plain enjoying".
"Her music has strikingly uncomplicated arrangements while the lyrics deeply touch the lives of many women from diverse backgrounds. Her art clearly reflects the heart and soul of women struggling for justice and equality."
"In the best folk music tradition, Allen has unearthed the stories not found in history books - stories of ordinary people, minorities, the disadvantaged and the victims of progress... vividly helping to define the region, these songs themselves are apt to become part of Washington's history."
"Linda writes beautifully, touching on subjects near to all our lives."
From all of us here at October Rose Productions . . . Thanks for checking us out.
OCTOBER ROSE PRODUCTIONS