I really like her latest record, Long Island Shores. Her melodies are simple but lovely to listen to. She has this plaintive voice that is clear and passionate.
One of my favorite songs on the record is "Little Devil." It's a compelling description of how Satan wrecks our lives:
He pulls me in, tears me down
Chews me up just to spit me out
He holds me close like he's my best friend
When I open up he steals everything
And he's gone again
I thought he'd have two big horns
And look at me with big red eyes
Instead he wore those baby blues
And whispered promises and lies
Oh you little devil
You got so pretty, you little fool
Oh how he loves to watch me fall
He doesn't know I've already lost it all
He steals everything and he's gone again
The worship band of my church performed another song from that record, "Out Loud," as the offertory this morning. Amanda Noel, the wife of our worship director Jonathan Noel, sang it. She has a voice that is just as good as Mindy Smith's.
Or Sarah McLachlan's, for that matter.