Monika’s songs come to her in the night and through watching a child chase a pigeon or in reaction to a summer rain. Inspiration is everywhere for memorable melodies and thoughtful words. Her words ponder the possibility of change and ask for the courage to dream of a kinder world. She believes in the potential of the human spirit to overcome all things. In observing people in all the choices and moments that make up life she hears her songs. She’s often been told that people feel chills run down their spine as they hear her sing. Her honesty, whether whispering or soaring with her rich, velvety voice, has one purpose, to touch hearts and open minds to the potential in us all.
This album looks at the parallel worlds in which we all, whether knowingly or unknowingly, live. While participating in one world our lives are inextricably linked to others. Actions and even words have a profound ripple effect on those around us. While the musical tone is light the lyrics consider subjects that matter. This “Rockwellian” approach encourages people to look at the world as it could be. Seen through a lens of hope,the possibility of redemptive change remains ever present in these songs.
‘Parallel Mondo’ is an album in two parts, transitioning in mood.
Part I: Green
These songs are earthy, grounded in daily experiences and choosing happiness. Green seeks integrity in all things. It is life giving and sustaining.Little Bee
Part II: Blue
Blue is a reflection of light, the sound of tears, the colour of cold, the feeling of air, the essence of love across an ocean. A ribbon of blue wraps itself around these songs of hope and wonder.Frostfire
‘Handmaid of the Lord’ is a work of original music telling the story of the nativity from the point of view of Mary. A 20 song work with short readings between that carry the story forward, the music ranges from folk, pop, jazz and Latin rhythms. It was created in 2010 with many songs coming directly out of scripture. The songs that Mary sings are her thoughts as I imagine them to have been. She was plunged into extraordinarily difficult circumstances as a very young mother, in an (for her) unplanned pregnancy, and given the responsibility of bringing a child into the world with very limited financial resources. It sounds like a very modern scenario. ‘Handmaid of the Lord’ looks at this journey with all the surrounding circumstances, overcoming many obstacles, as she does her part to welcome the Prince of Peace to earth.