Carolyn Carreiro (c. 1975)
When you write a song you need an acoustic guitar, a dreadnought, to compose it.
— Carolyn Carreiro
When asked who influenced her the most musically, she says, “Dylan has a very powerful impact on my playing and singing. Some of my favorite songs of his, for example, are ‘Shelter from the Storm’ (1974), and ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ (1965). I also love the music of Joni Mitchell and Carol King, especially her album Tapestry (1971), as well as that of The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton.”
One of my best friends at the time, pianist Dick Tilton, had been talking to me for a year about Carolyn. He was convinced that she and I had a lot in common. He kept encouraging me to go to the Tavern at The New England Inn where local musicians in the area would get together once a week and play their music. Carolyn, Peter White, Bob Rutherford, Rod MacKenzie, and Kevin Dolan were some of the musicians who gathered there.
My God, she’s beautiful!
Her singing—is magical. Annie Lennox and Tracy Chapman, have a voice range similar to Carolyn’s. Yet, Carolyn has this alto vocal coloration that can be best described as experiencing a cool breeze on the hottest day in the summer, as well as a warm caress in the coldest day of the winter. There is a space to it, a pliability that stretches one’s sense of wonder upon hearing it. Her enunciation is spot on, and her phrasing a lyric to the demands of the song structure itself, is flawless.
Getting into the very pores and interstitial structure of a song itself, pushing the technique out of the way, even finding the technique to trace the arc of a song’s story, is a wild achievement to experience. But, when you can disappear into it and explore the very fabric of music within the realm of the chordal structure, meter and interaction between guitars, voice and the message of the lyrics . . . well, it’s like making love, riding a hurricane, sailing downwind in a strong breeze.
Pretty tough to top that . . .
Carolyn Carreiro and Keith Carreiro. “City Fever.” By Carolyn Carreiro. Youtube. YouTube, LLC. 22 February, 2015.
If you like what you hear on YouTube, go to the link below to listen to the music on our album The Wishing Stone (1994):
Peeke, Dan. “Best Guild Acoustic Guitar.” Beginner Guitar HQ, 29 Sept. 2019, beginnerguitarhq.com/best-guild-acoustic-guitar/. Accessed 28 Jan. 2020.
Carreiro, Carolyn, and Keith Carreiro. “City Fever.” 1990. The Wishing Stone. Blackboard Productions, Flagstaff, AZ, 1994. CD.
Dylan, Bob. “Like a Rolling Stone.” By Bob Dylan. Rec. 15-17 June 1965. Columbia, 20 July 1965. LP.
Dylan, Bob. “Shelter from the Storm.” By Bob Dylan. Rec. 17 September 1974. Blood on the Tracks. Columbia, January 1975. LP.
Pink Floyd. “Time.” By Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. The Dark Side of the Moon. Rec. June 1972 – January 1973. Abbey Road Studios, 1 March 1973. LP.
King, Carole. Tapestry. Rec. January 1971. Ode, 10 February 1971. LP.
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