“There is an energetic responsibility of being a musician. Rather than being invested in how the music will be received – which crushes all true joy and imposes the artist’s need on the listener – the focus is on coming home, on a quality of presence that is deeply connected to self and with humanity.” —Deborah Savran
Minneapolis based singer/songwriter (and healing arts practitioner by day), Deborah Savran knows exactly how important music is to the world, and her intention is clear: She wants to make the world a better place.
A lover of music since the tender age of 4, her influences range from classic rock and folk music, to Middle Eastern melodies and Indian carnatic singing, to Broadway musical theater. All of those inspirations were just too much for her to bear in 1993, as she picked up the guitar and taught herself how to play. After spending time in the Minneapolis-based duo The Dolly Llamas, Savran has now released her debut solo album, Let My Heart Lead The Way, a gentle, acoustic/electric voyage through the many chambers of the heart.
Here’s what we dug most…
The opening/album title track, Let My Heart Lead The Way, immediately brings Stevie Nicks-era-Fleetwood Mac to mind. The song offers a hopeful and encouraging message of heart-centered living, as well as solid, crisp instrumentation, featuring a wonderful bit of delicate electric guitar work from Bobby Schnitzer.
Our Favorite Track:
The Woman I Am is a truly anthemic song for the modern woman. A lovely mixture of acoustic guitar, piano, and Deborah’s vocal charms make this an instant classic…
“There is love, and there is joy
There is strength, just in my voice
All of these wonders I carry in me
I am the one, yes I am nurturing
I am love, and I am warmth
What is inside, so wonderful”
Change is the highlight of the album’s technical work as it offers a flawless composition, mix, and overall production. The subtle melody expands gradually into something beautifully vast as the track rolls along. Each time I listen to the ending of this song, I find myself wishing it were longer.
Be Love feels like an early 2000’s Jack Johnson song with it’s simple percussion and organ melody, and lyrics that are infectiously positive…
“I think it’s time we tell, time we say
There’s only gonna be one way…love
Oh-ho be love
Let it run to your feet
Let it flow beneath the streets
Oh-ho be love”
It’s just not easy to go against the grain these days. It’s not easy to bring a positive force of light into today’s music industry—let alone the world in general. I greatly admire Deborah Savran for that. But, there’s more. At times, this music becomes captivating, enlightening, and just downright good for your health. Thus, at the end of the day, what Savran and her band have done with Let My Heart Lead The Way is not only karmically and cosmically lovely, it’s also just seriously good music.
Stevie Nicks’ Fleetwood Mac with touches of early 2000’s Jack Johnson, and a dash of the new-age styling of Snatam Kaur.
BTW: Anyone living in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN area can catch Deborah Savran’s official album release show on this Sunday December 11th, at The Warming House (4001 Bryant Ave South; Minneapolis, MN 55409). Details can be found at: www.thewarminghouse.net.
BELOW, you can listen to music from Deborah Savran’s album, Let My Heart Lead The Way, connect with her website and social media platforms, check out her live show/tour schedule, and find her booking & contact information. Please support Deborah Savran by visiting her online, and playing, downloading, and/or purchasing her music. And, as always, thank you for supporting real music!
Listen to, The Woman I Am, from Deborah Savran’s album, Let My Heart Lead The Way:
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