Never Tell Them Why
Released in December 2004, Never Tell Them Why contained twelve original songs half of which were love songs and half social comment, with one religious and one environmental song.
Nearly all the songs reflected Val's life experiences and were certainly music from her heart. Especially organic and moving are The Letter and Whiskey In The Morning.
The CD includes ballads, her forte, as well as several country tunes; Val played guitar on every track. There are two unique features to this CD. One, that Val was probably the first local artist to secure sponsorship for about fifty percent of the album's songs from local businesses. Secondly, with a basic rhythm and guide vocal track providing the melody, Val and her then producer, Michael Spencer-Ascott, would decide what other instruments they were "hearing" for the song, and then find a musician who played that particular instrument, and invite them to contribute an original music track. Through this, her debut album features well known Bermudian musicians such as Max Maybury (on flute) and Taylor Rankin (on violin). Other resident musicians contributed cello and mandolin tracks, and Michael Spencer-Ascott himself played a Spanish Guitar loaned by the late Milt Robinson for a beautiful track on The Letter.
These are shortened versions of Val's songs
"We have played your CD many times since we returned home and enjoyed it very much. We loved the clarity of your beautiful voice which is as clear and pure as the voice of Judy Collins
Val is a wry, distanced observer on the self and the tussle for equitable balance between the sexes
Ron Lightbourne - Royal Cazette
Val's CD has received plenty of air-play and she is no stranger to the local music scene. This scribe enjoyed seeing and hearing Val live and to have her CD entitled Never Tell Them Why in my collection
Walter Brown - Mid ocean News
The lyrics are powerful while matched with compelling melodies and anyone with life experience in the way of relationships will relate to these songs
Lifestyle - Royal Gazette
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