Step right up! Come one, come all! To the greatest spectacle on earth . . . Life.
Kerry Patrick Clark has reached into his childhood memories to find juggling clowns, flying trapeze artists, dazzling plate spinners, death-defying tightrope walkers and red-coated lion tamers among them. This larger-than-life cast of characters winked at him as he sat rapt in the bleachers, their smiles an invitation to run away with them and join the circus. It was such a tempting idea that his first song, Circus Town, written when he was 11, gave voice to that dream. And now he revisits the fantasy from the distance of decades to release his 9th studio album.
The ringmaster in Kerry has always understood the appeal of being transported away from the monotony and challenges of real life, and getting caught up in a more magical and captivating world. That’s what entertainment is all about! After all, “living life is crazy, people need amazing, for just one moment we forget.” But in a world increasingly full of dangerous distraction, disconnection and carnival spin, he sinks more deeply into the real wonders of living. Love. Silence. Hope. Justice. Connection. Being heard.
What a Show! is whimsical, thoughtful, probing and self-reflective. In it, Kerry recognizes his longing for simplicity as he grapples with how to make sense of our world. He seeks to speak comfort, spark gentle conversation, and root us to the moment. For each marvelous moment we have is a wonder to behold.
So, here’s to life. Cue the spotlight and the music. Enjoy the show!
While it may seem inevitable that every musician eventually puts out a Christmas album, it took Kerry more than 30 years to finally get to his. In part, it’s because he didn’t want to merely record variations of the same traditional songs. Instead, he had to let time do what time does best—cultivate life experiences, deepen relationships, hone talent and develop courage. These are just some of the things he needed in order to create an album that reflects his own experience of Christmas, which is far more than merely exulting the joy and glory of the season. “I believe in Christmas and what it stands for—peace, grace, an experience of the sacred—but that doesn’t mean I’m not also cynical, sad, frustrated, angry and intolerant. Every time I heard a new Christmas album I thought, ‘why isn’t there one that addresses the challenges of the season or tells the birth story in maybe a more profound way?’ So decided to do that. Combine the Christian and the secular, the cynical and the sacred.”
To be clear, love is the heart of Christmas, but his songs grapple with issues of war and loss alongside the Christian themes of miracles and faith. He also pays homage to what might be the most treasured and reviled dessert in history: the fruitcake. And, as an added bonus for anyone who has not had the pleasure of experiencing Kerry perform live, he includes a humorous rant against holiday consumerism. The Heart of Christmas is just that: filled with heart. It makes room for a broad range of conflicting emotions and ultimately leads us back to the reason we celebrate: love.
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It has been said there are only a few true story lines in the world. The medium changes, the characters will vary, but fundamentally the story is the same. It seems that all good stories have but a few things in common; the mystery of suspense, the drama of conflict, the intrigue of betrayal, and always, the sacrifice of a hero or heroine. Maybe this is nothing more than the acknowledgement that our stories are but imitations of THE story.
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1 Roots Music Reports Folk song in America (17 weeks, In A Perfect World)!
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Kerry Patrick Clark sings what comes naturally to him. Love, Family, Home, God, Children and Life. His unique perspective and ability to part the storm clouds and let the sun through is priceless. This individual has a rare gift. One he does not take lightly. He carries his stories on his back and never tires. His songs are his teachings. His teachings are given to him, then given to us. We are indeed twice blessed. IndieShowcase.net
As of December 2018, this CD is out of print but may download purchase are available by clicking the MUSIC option.
This CD is Kerry's response to the terrorist attack on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001.
Many of these songs have been featured in the PBS special, Reclaiming Hope. Ground Zero was featured on CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Show for the 6th month and year anniversary of the September tragedies.
As a follow-up to his highly successful Simple Man, Kerry emerges from the studio with another blend of sweetly intoxicating harmonies and evocative instrumentation that establishes him as a rising star in the booming market of contemporary folk music. From the sweeping orchestration that opens The Life of a Pioneer, to the fifties doo-wop of Time Will Tell, to the driving electric guitar that leads a grand piano through the intensely personal My Promise To You, Kerry's music touches on life's most intimate moments of joy, introspection, faith and discovery.