The Geography of Light

2008 - Rounder

As her most intimate and lush work yet, The Geography of Light results from closely working with a core of exceptional musicians who combine piano, violin, mandolin, cello, bass, percussion, and background vocals with Newcomer’s adept guitar work and resonant voice, which the Austin Statesman has called “as rich as Godiva chocolate.”

The Geography of Light was influenced by Newcomer’s friendships and recent collaborations with influential authors, theologians and fellow songwriters, including Parker J. Palmer, Phillip Gulley, Jim Wallis, Scott Russell Sanders, Barbara Kingsolver, Holly Near and Bernice Johnson Reagon. Many of the album’s tracks examine compelling ideas and questions arising out of her relationships within this community—the idea that things are not always as they appear; that good exists at the center of things; that life is a process of transformation; that there is value in simple things. Newcomer is one of the few singer/songwriters working within the progressive spiritual continuum, speaking about a shift in our culture, and insisting that the religious right does not have a monopoly on faith. She is not afraid to take on serious subjects, but Newcomer does so with a healthy measure of good humor and self-awareness.