I Wish I Had Wings
If a song had wings then Jeanette Arsenault's new album, "I Wish I Had Wings" is in full flight. Her lyrics tell of people caring about people and her voice soars with strength and passion. The album is a wonderful mix of both songs that inspire, and songs that create awareness for causes close to her heart. For instance, "The Sound of Haiti" was written after the devastating earthquake in January 2010. Upon reading an article that told of the sound of voices singing hymns through the night on the streets of Port-au-Prince, she was so moved by this image that this song was born. There is also a French version included. Our military also receives a caring tribute on Jeanette's new CD. "United We Stand, Divided We Never Fall" is a song for the families of our soldiers who are known as the Invisible Army. She observed and admired how they cope with the strains of separation, their ability to take care of the home front and the courage and strength that they provide their loved ones who are serving our country. Other causes she writes about include mental health, education for girls in developing countries and the youth choking game, whose tragic impact struck family & friends in her community. Despite the sadness & heart-wrench surrounding the causes she sings about, the singer/songwriter's voice, melodies, lyrics and rhythms evoke powerful emotions. She takes it all personally, feels the pain, gathers strength, turns the negative to positive and sings it out as hope. "There are so many great causes in need of attention and funding," says Jeanette. "I usually get involved by either donating my time for benefit concerts or organizing fundraisers featuring other musicians or, in many cases, I am inspired to write songs to raise awareness." Jeanette adds, "The songs I included on this album were the ones that would not let me be until they were written".