Take It From Me: Mearra -- Selkie from the Sea Review & GIVEAWAY (closed)

January 16, 2014

Mearra -- Selkie from the Sea Review & GIVEAWAY (closed)

I am almost done with my pregnancy and due to 3 failed epidurals with my last kids, I am thinking of just going natural the natural route with this 4th child.  I've been seeking lots of advice about natural births with friends who have done it and one thing they have all mentioned to me is music.  Music has some pretty powerful capabilities.  I've recently been able to review a new album for families that has the ability to sooth and comfort all ages.  The album is from Chicago-based singer/songwriter Linda Marie Smith and called Merarra -- Selkie from the Sea.
The ancient Celtic legend of the Selkie, a mythical seal with the mysterious ability to metamorphose into a human being, is what inspired Linda's fourth album which is set to be released in February.  The songs on the album have a soulful, earthy, and mystical feel to them with the lyrics telling wonderful stories of curious people and places.
The album begins by telling us about with Mearra, a young Selkie maiden, falling in love with Ian, a lonely fisherman entranced by her beauty. Mearra bids farewell to her life in the sea, marries Ian, and starts a family. However, at the end of seven years, a Selkie must return to her watery cosmos. The sea inexorably calls for Mearra's return. Mearra – Selkie from the Sea transports listeners, inviting chldren and adults alike to use their imaginations as they enter an enchanted world that has inspired writers and composers.
Linda Marie Smith reflects, "As a child I was captivated by fairy tales and folklore. I loved being transported to other worlds where the impossible was possible. These mystical adventures fired my imagination, which is why I think I eventually became a songwriter. Folklore involves fantastic people or animals and brings our attention to things we value most highly, fear most deeply, and hope for most ardently. My spirit and childlike innocence were rekindled while doing research for Mearra – Selkie from the Sea. The Selkie myth inspired and challenged me to shed my own skin, reveal my true self, and boldly express my heartfelt desires."
I have to say that this music is completely soothing and relaxing.  Linda Marie Smith has such a lovely voice and the stories on the album are truly beautiful and inspiring.  I can totally see this album helping to calm me during labor.  It is also great to put on right before nap time or bed time to get kids settled down and in a relaxed state before sleeping.   Put this album on practically any time you are in need for some relaxing or even just some uplifting beautiful music!  I'm so glad we were able to get this album and enjoy the wonderful Celtic sounds and stories.
Mearra – Selkie from the Sea will be available online at CDBaby.com and iTunes.  And be sure to check out Linda Marie Smith's website at http://lindamsmith.com.

Linda Marie Smith is offering a copy of the MEARRA – SELKIE FROM THE SEA ALBUM to one of our lucky readers!!
A big THANK YOU to Linda Marie Smith for providing me with a free CD to review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.


  1. I've always been fascinated with the Selkie story in a book I read so would love to hear this music!

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  2. I would love to hear her cd

  3. I enjoy Celtic mythology - this is a really interesting subject for the artist to work with!

  4. I would like to win this prize because it looks very interesting!


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