Sara Thomsen, a singer and songwriter based near Duluth, Minnesota, is a favorite on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. The Minnesota Women’s Press notes, “Thomsen’s soulful voice, poetic lyrics and unforgettable melodies cut through to the heart and the soul of human experience.”
The Weber Center Shop just received a shipment of several of Thompsen’s CDs, each for sale at $17.95, including:
• By Breath
• Somewhere to Begin
• Fertile Ground
• Everything Changes
• Winter Wanderings
The following descriptions are from Thompsen’s website:
Somewhere to Begin is Thomsen’s most recent solo album. “The kind of music she’s making is well-crafted, sung beautifully, and recorded immaculately,” states the Duluth News Tribune review. “Fans of Joan Baez and Peter, Paul and Mary might want to check this out.” The album is “deep and well written” proclaims The Reader, with “excellent songwriting and storytelling.” Thomsen’s song “Precious Waters” received a Woody Guthrie Songwriting Award.
Thomsen’s Winter Wanderings duet album with Paula Pedersen is an introspective wandering through the season of winter. Standing outside on a cold, dark night, looking up at the glistening stars, staring down at the sparkling snow, heading inside in search of warmth and light, food and good cheer. Holidays sprinkle the path: Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas… Beyond the busy bustle and the wrapping hustle, we are left with a search for deeper meaning, a longing for home, for loved ones here, loved ones lost, for peace, for comfort, for wars to end, for hearts to mend. We light candles, sing songs, celebrate, mourn, dance, and somehow—deep in the dark and the cold—we wander inward, find a spark, kindle hope, and come home.
Thomsen’s Everything Changes CD is “a powerful collection from a grounded talent,” writes Sing Out! Magazine. The recording is “a patch-quilt of musical styles stitched together by Thomsen’s lonely alto voice and evocative writing style,” declares the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “In Everything Changes she has produced a self-portrait that is radiant with elegance, grace and honesty,” asserts the Duluth News Tribune. “It weaves its way into your soul.” Off this album, Thomsen’s song “A Woman’s Place” won a Mountain Stage NewSong Contest Top Finalist award in the Midwest regional round. “I Remember These” won a Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua’s Songwriting Competition Top Finalist award.
For her songs “Irene Marguerite” and “Keepin’ the Peace” (By Breath) Thomsen was awarded Winner of the Minnesota Folk Festival’s New Folk Songwriting Contest. For the song “Is It For Freedom” (Fertile Ground) Thomsen won a Music To Life Top Finalist award —a nationwide contest created by Noel Paul Stookey (of “Peter, Paul and Mary”) to recognize songs of sociopolitical concern. Sara’s songs “Is it For Freedom” and “A Woman’s Place” were both chosen for publication in Sing Out! Magazine.
Stop by the Weber Center Shop to find wonderful music by Sara Thomsen and others.