Ruth Garnes

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A Registered nurse, passionate poetic and lyric writer. Writes to give voice to those impacted by social issues. A parent of both chosen and birth children, Ruth Garnes is an advocate of children affected by abandonment and abuse. Born in Belize, she migrated to New York at age eighteen. After studying nursing, worked as an emergency room nurse initially with the disfranchised and homeless population of New York. Later worked in the Houston Texas area. Has volunteered with both the United Way and Benevolent Missions International. It was the challenges and emotional struggles of her chosen children that gave birth to some of her poems.

The songs are recorded by various musicians at which period-in time is unknown to me but they all sound like recent decent works. The best way to get into songs by Ruth is to look up her books and get into her poems and the subject matter she writes about, which make up the lyrical content of the ones I will describe some of. Kicking off with “Red, White and Blue” first, because it deals the most harshly with the social-political theme in which she bases her work on. Not to say that Ruth is political, but very social she does appear to be. And it helps get her message across this way, with some fine music for the most part.

This features a lovely piano that carries it with some relationship to our flag behind it. The core values of the song do hit home, but this has been done a lot before although not lost on me for the effort. It delivers almost like any flag song should. “A Place Of love” is much more pedestrian but also a thing of high-energy to get your blood boiling. This mixes some rocking drums with a spirited vocal that sounds something between rockabilly and reggae. If you like the two together you will like this. It leans no further in either direction, for a good mix of both genres.

“Go Away” is one of the better tracks, as it takes on-the subject of bullying, and it goes the distance over it. You just don’t want this in your life and it can be worth singing about. This is a slightly more youthful sounding track, but let’s place it in the young adult category because this creeps up into people’s 30s and maybe even 40s if you take a good look around. Something like bullying and using harsh, incendiary language is always something worth speaking out against, and it’s done so in this song with a lot of class. And that is overall the best thing that can be said about this track.

“XoXo I Heart Emoji” is a song by Ruth Garnes that actually-deals with some of the over use of acronyms these days, but shows one can be reluctant to indulge in this behavior. You can take it as either a fun poke at this way of getting on with people, or you can take it as accepting ways other people prefer to communicate now. It’s quite the subject matter to cover, and it’s done with kid gloves here. That means it follows the brighter side of it all. And there are of course other tracks to soak up concerning Ruth’s look at the world. If you don’t like these, just check out the upbeat “September” to lift your spirit, Ruth Garnes style.

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Mike Tabor