by Jason Victor Serinus
Crossroads – Jenna Greene (GreeneLadyMusic.com)Now that the US Air Force Academy has finally set aside an outdoor worship area for Pagans, Wiccans, Druids, and other followers of Earth-centered spiritual practices, Jenna Greene's sonorous exploration of Celtic mythology seems especially appropriate. "I have always been fascinated by ancient legends, stories of heroes and heroines who overcome the greatest of obstacles, and possess unmatched mystical skill," she writes on the back cover of her 14-song CD. "The myths of the Celts hold a special place in my heart. Their truths are both simple and profound."
The same can be said about Greene's lovely songs. What's especially appealing is how easily past and present realities merge. Tracks such as "Harvest," which speaks of the Sun King's embrace of the Mother, are ancient in their inspiration. But others, certainly "Dance with Me" ("You walked in the pub, you'd had enough./ You don't need a doctor, you don't need a shrink, you don't need to win the lottery./ Dancing is cheaper than therapy!"), are very today. Equally attractive are the uncomplicated beauty of Greene's voice and the well-recorded acoustic accompaniment. You don't have to be a pagan to enjoy the unfettered sincerity of Greene's songs and the purity of her inspiration.