Holly Near | Simply Love: The Women's Music Collection

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Simply Love: The Women's Music Collection

by Holly Near

Here is a mighty tribute to the feminist era of the '70s and '80s. Holly sings her own songs as well as those by Ferron, Cris Williamson, Linda Tillery, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Alix Dobkin, Therese Edell, Margie Adam, and Meg Christian.
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1. You Can Know All I Am
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2. Harbor Me
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3. Imagine My Surprise!
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4. Put Away
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5. Nina
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6. Mountain Song/Kentucky Woman
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7. You Bet
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8. Rock Me in Your Arms
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9. Something About the Women
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10. No Loss of Pride
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11. Golden Thread
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12. Fire In the Rain
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13. Infatuation
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14. Take It With You
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15. Perfect Night
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16. She
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17. Singing With You
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18. Waterfall
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19. Simply Love
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20. Wouldn't You Rather
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21. Testimony
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22. Singer In the Storm
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23. The Woman In Your Life Is You
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24. Having Been Touched/Emma
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25. Wonderful
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26. The Rock Will Wear Away
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27. Hay Una Mujer Desaparecida
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28. Every Woman
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
2-CD women's music collection featuring songs by Holly, Cris Williamson, Meg Christian, Linda Tillery, Margie Adam, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Alix Dobkin, Therese Edell, Ferron, Jeff Langley and with special guests, Rhiannon, Ronnie Gilbert and Adrienne Torf.

Holly Near is a powerful voice for change. After 30 years of work in social change movements, Near's historical perspective as well as her contemporary activism continue to challenge and inspire audiences around the country.

The spectrum of her work is staggering. She presents an inspiring and entertaining keynote while her teaching is a mix of history, therapy, and investigation of craft. Her songwriting invites the listener to his/her best self and her singing voice is full of range and dynamics; indeed, her voice is stronger than it has ever been.

She got a dynamic start in film and television in the early 1970s. But the world caught her attention, fueling her cultural and political perspective, and she began singing full time. Today, Holly calls herself "an elder in training". Experience has brought wisdom to her perspective and her singing has matured.

In addition to solo concerts, collaborations and festival, her 2004 season includes conducting a three day master class at The Leaven Center in Michigan, delivering the keynote address for the American Family Therapy Association in San Francisco and the annual Ware Lecture for the Unitarian Universalist Association in Long Beach, California; participating in Healing Journeys: Cancer as a Turning Point™ in Seattle, Washington, and appearing at The HerbFest in Norway, Iowa.

In the fall of 2003, Holly was invited to join Harry Belafonte, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon and Pete Seeger at Ohio State University to discuss political song and how it has affected social change, public policy and responsible citizenship. In summer 2003, she received standing ovations both before and after singing at the Falconridge Folk Festival, and she and Ronnie Gilbert were greeted with great enthusiasm at the Oregon Country Fair. Recently, she has participated in a gala performance of the Vagina Monologues as part of the effort to raise consciousness around issues of violence against women.

Near has reissued her over 20 recordings on several historical collections (on her own label, Calico Tracks Music), and she continues to record new material: Edge (which includes the songs I Ain't Afraid and Planet Called Home) and Cris & Holly, a collaboration with Cris Williamson. She sings on the recent tribute recordings to Pete Seeger, released on Appleseed Recordings.


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M Wauson


Long time listeners-we gave this to our adult daughter for christmas-she grew up listening to Holly Near at home and we wanted to help inspire her in graduate school!

Sue

Loving songs about loving women
As with all your CD's -this collection sets the right tone of love songs for loving women. enjoy it very much. Thanks

susan

amazing album! Brings back memories
What a wonderful treat to hear my favorite songs again. It brings back great memories of all Holly's concerts I've been to

Dr. Gabriele Reinstadler

Keeps me going
one of my feminist friends brought holly near and ronnie gilbert-cds to austria and into my life, twenty years ago. and still i love her music - gives me power to hold on fighting

Khrystie Phoenix

Brilliant, inspiring CD
Listening to Holly Near's music opens my heart and inspires me to be more of who I am. Her passion for life, for the earth, her love for people all over the world, her love for women gives my life greater hope and joy.

Tony

Inspirational
Grew up on Holly Near's inspirational radical campaigning music.Had not listened to it for some years. Bought 10 cds and have remembered with great fondness how her words and music touch the soul whatever you beleive that to be. She gave us hope in those dark days of Reagan and the cold war fanatics. Thanks Holly you continue to inspire me.

Cindy

old favorites
Great to hear these again, first heard them in the early 80's.
Still fun, upbeat, relevant and lovely to listen to.

Keiko

My young days memories are still alive
Thank you for the CD. I was so happy I could listen Holly Near again. When I was in California I enjoyed it very much, and the other day I could find her web sight. I remembered my younger days, and I was so impressed she still keep singing. That's wonderful!
Thank you!
Keiko from Japan

Linda

Love to hear theese songs again.
I love to hear theese songs again, which I haven't heard for a long time. They are still very much alive and meaningfull - and bring back memories.