Thank you Narissa Bond. Your gift was music to my ears and to my heart. Steve passed me your CD and said “Narissa wanted you to have this. She asked after you when she did not see you at the concert at ODU” - (I apologize I was unable to attend) I looked at the cover art; the beautiful smile, the contented grace, the little house on the hill (made me smile), the list of titles told a story of their own.... I was driving back from Norfolk after having a particularly good and productive but long day - very rare but indeed good - lately days have been long unproductive and breaking my heart and spirit a little more with every passing hour and struggle. When popped the disc in, I was captured in the first notes... ask... I cried - I smiled. I knew every word in my soul as you sang... ASK I knew you wrote this song for me to listen to tonight - I was touched by g-d. I started blabbering - tears streamed down my face as I sang along careening down the interstate windows all the way down the rush of night entering my senses your lyrics and music entering my being - - I knew the message was for me - I was overwhelmed with emotion and with love and with hope and with faith - I was soothed and felt safe and secure in my place in this big big world again and I knew there was hope and there is hope and there is love and there is a reason to keep going on -and as face my fears played I knew that these lyrics, this CD this music was all meant for me tonight - I am in a very difficult place in my life. it is changing drastically and it is frightening because i don't believe I have the skills or the where with all to go on and achieve and my conversations with mother-father g-d are long and deep and more frequent these days - and I haven't given enough time to quiet - have been afraid or too foolish to listen - but I am listening and the doubts are crumbling and with the toppled walls of doubt and fear gone I can see forever - well some twinge of doubt remains - (I am a gay man self doubt is part of my DNA) then will you catch me if i fall.... will you catch me because I must keep trying - this is where I am -I know I am a person who does not give up - I do not give in but I ponder who will be there to catch me - tonight I was caught - and I am okay to keep on trying and I will and I do .... Narissa Bond thank you for between two rivers... thank you for your music, thank you for one of those drives home that changed my life - in moments I was renewed.
Narissa Bond is the 2009 winner of the Hampton Roads Portfolio Awards for best album and best song with her recent release "Three Words". Narissa’s vocal style has been compared to Joni Mitchell and her songwriting styles range from traditional folk, jazz and blues to contemporary folk and pop. To hear this magical album for yourself, check out Narissa's page on cdbaby.com