“Some might call it fate...Some might leave it to chance. What makes two hearts beat as one? No matter the
reason...no matter the rhyme, this was a love for all time.” These words, accompanied by gentle jazz chording,
form the introduction for Dorothy LeBlanc's latest musical offering, Reminiscent, and set the tone perfectly
for what follows. Eleven original tunes comprise this refreshingly unique project. Though written in contemporary
times, each song embodies either the sounds or the sensibilities of the WWII era...and very often both.
Dorothy employs several different musical genres in Reminiscent, among them jazz and folk, boogie woogie and blues, and even a clever bossa nova number about the realities of the homemaker (Lady of Leisure). At times playful, and at
times contemplative, she writes and sings of life and love in all its stages. A Lifetime truly weaves a tale of a lifetime of love; Do's and Don'ts, Return to Sender Blues, and Bayou Pigeon speak of love and marriage from a more playful
posture. Momma 'n Willie 'n Me, Home, and Dusty Memories celebrate the relationship between grown children and their aging parents. The youngest and oldest among us are represented as well (Outside the Lines and Solitaire,
respectively). The closing tune, Prayer for a Loved One, is filled with the most heartfelt wishes of a parent for a child...but applies to any truly loving relationship.
Reminiscent was beautifully recorded, produced, mixed and mastered in 2012 by award-winning Baton Rouge singer/songwriter Daniel Lee. His jazz guitar leads and gentle percussion add the perfect compliment to
Dorothy's rhythm jazz guitar and vocals. Baton Rouge's own premiere string player, Dave Hinson, adds upright bass, viola, and cello stylings, all invaluable in bringing each song's message to the forefront. 'Jazz Nurse' Betsy Braud shines
on Outside the Lines and Do's and Don'ts , her jazz sax giving both tunes just the right playful flair.
All in all, Reminiscent is a true celebration of the sounds and sensibilities of the United States during the mid-20th century. In writer Dorothy LeBlanc's own words, “The WWII era was filled with hardship, but the music that came from
that generation was, by and large, uplifting and inspiring...You would listen, and be proud to be an American. This is my attempt to present real life issues of today with a positivity of an earlier age.” Truly reminiscent...