Sing Out!

Live, Cary Cooper exudes a total sense of comfort with herself and you'll want what she's feeling. There's nothing cryptic about her writing either. Her songs are as warm and approachable as her personality. Yellow is a celebration of free souls, and feeling worthy. Messages especially promote connections between mothers, daughters and the uncaged spirit. Tom Prasasa-Rao lends his professional excellence in engineering, mixing and as producer. On "Hannah Hold Your Heart" and "Little Girl" she passes on to her daughters the power of honoring inner beauty. "Cinderella" examines a mom's life choices. It's about finding your own role models beyond the world of fairy tales and Disney. We're all free to define the form that our "happy ever after" should take. Listening to "Back When I Was Grown Up," if autobiographical, we hear clues to the changes Cary has made. Breaking from PTA, choir, and lesbian-phobia molds she's redefined herself and become the cool mom on the block, sporting a nose ring, an Internet "myspace" site and a CD. The title cut is a kick back to the influence of her '60s parents. "Yellow" is the color of the V.W. bug she bought cheaply from her hippy uncle. The car gets her where she wants to go, just a little slow. Speed is not the issue here, rather, enjoying the freedom of the ride, perhaps a metaphor for her life. Cary Cooper has a penchant for quotes, and is especially fond of one by Marianne Williamson that urges being "brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous" and states that "Your playing small doesn't serve the world." Cooper also loves George Eliot's "It's never too late to be what you might have been." If this matches your life vision, then Cary Cooper should supply your daily soundtrack. --AP

Cary's album "Yellow" is in high rotation right now. It's like a trip to the beach in a convertible, like when it gets really hot and you forget about how much sun you've had, so you're sort of in a dream state but you don't realize it and suddenly you're crying for no reason, maybe it's just the song, maybe it's leaving hat tragic air-conditioned cubicle behind and the petty world of ticking clocks, that ridiculous ticking, and now the ticking slows down and spreads out into the washing waves and you laugh at the sign on the touristy gas station and hot dog stand, "Stop Here- Get Gas," and now the whole world makes sense, it's just a song, just a long funny song where we fall in love, drop our pants, and nurse our wounded hearts in the saltwater womb of the Earth. That night, there's sand in the bed sheets, tickling your sunburn, and the ceiling fan turns the salty air in the night. You get up and fix yourself a drink, go out on the screened-in porch and smell the ocean. You are no years old and dreams come true. You're horny and the ocean smells like sex. You fall asleep in the sandy, grinding rocking chair with your hand in your pants, drooling on your own left shoulder.

Buddy Magazine

BUDDY MAGAZINE REVIEWS "LUV SONGS" & "YELLOW" While Cary Cooper was doing everything, it seems, except fulfill a childhood dream to be a songwriter, Tom Prasado-Rao was becoming a more-than-respected n ame in the folk genre. Well, this is a love story, so they hooked up now they make beautiful music together, mostly love songs and other sweetness in the folk vein. There's a little bit of humor in Luv Songs for Grownups and Yellow, some fine harmonies, and plenty of upbeat energy that stays j ust on this side "the good side" of too cute. Long story short: the Dallas-based duo wrote their first song together in the summerof 2002 and recorded their first Dreamsicles album in the fall of that same year. Cooper taught dance and worked with Paula Abdul, Teri Hatcher, and Tina Landon (choreographer for Janet Jackson, Ricky Martin, and Britney Spears) before working as a fitness instructor and teaching children English as a second language. Prasado-Rao made albums and had his songs covered by such diverse artists as country singer Randy Travis, David Wilcox, Ronny Cox, Christian artist Bob Bennett, and tabla master (Indian hand drums) Broto Roy. Prasado-Rao won the Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk Competition in 1993; Cooper won it in 2004. There's a lot of variety in the performances, from the Eastern-Western blended music and folk vocals of the contemplative "What We Know" to the easy rap of "He's All That" (which gets by with claiming he's as sweet as pumpkin pie) to the bluegrass funk of "I Want What I Want (when I want it)." Cooper's solo CD , produced byPrasado-Rao, is vaguely, but not much, darker, a place where angels drink tequila and lovers sing the blues, but also a place where Cooper urges her young daughter to, among other things, find a song in each teardrop. The title song ("Yellow") and "Back When I Was Grown Up" both belong to the Peter Pan school of maturity rather than to the ordinary world of boring adult expectations. The music, almost call it folk funk, shines on both CDs. -Tom Geddie

WVUD

"Hi Cary- It's like this - I've got a stack of cd's to review for the station and how the hell am I suppose to do that when I can't take your BODACIOUS new CD out of my Cd player??? It's impossible - you have made it impossible to do my job. Thank you for Yellow - for the music, the lyrics, the messages beyond the lyrics, what I extrapolate from the songs and the groove. Thank you for making my job a bitch!!"