Wendy Curl started playing the guitar and composing
songs as a teenager, talents she later refined while being involved
in the Christian organization, Young Life, an organization that is
still dear to her heart. Wendy continues to be involved with Young
Life, performing at various Young Life activities.
Besides enjoying her family life in Orlando,
Florida,with husband Brad and new son Max, who was born in the Fall
of 2001, Wendy still is keeping a hand in her music ministry. She
came out in December of 2001, with another
CD, called THIS CHRISTMAS. In April of
2002, Wendy opened for Christian artist, Sara Groves at the Good News
Concert in Saint Augustine, Florida. Wendy
continues to be involved with Young Life, giving concerts for various
groups, and plans some tours in the future where she can share her
music with people around the United States.
The combination of meaningful lyrics, with
inspired, energetic sharp vocal talent of Curl, and interesting combinations
of acoustical / electric guitar, drums / percussion, keyboards, and
programming in each of the CD's songs, makes this CD a triumphant first
attempt at inspiring, uplifting, encouraging people to go down the
STREET CALLED STRAIGHT. Every song is unique, and the music uses loud
and soft dynamic levels effectively to bring out the meaning and emotional
impact of the songs.
The CD starts off with "Love In A Box".
- The listener hears a strong, energetic rhythmic acoustical guitar,
establishing the driving, catchy beat of the song. An electric guitar,
drums/ percussion subtly join the acoustical guitar, blending very
nicely together; simple yet interesting.
The lyrics speak of an honest self-examination
after a break up with a boyfriend, exposing the common human weaknesses
and tendencies that exist in our human nature.
For example, she starts off with the revelation:
First Verse: I thought I fell in love with
you but I fell in love with being in love and having someone to hold
onto. The chorus further explains: I was trying to put love in a box,
arranging my emotions, segregating love and pain where I thought they
Second Verse further explains: Emotions are
messy, but you can't ignore their presence, you gotta clean through
the mess cause we'll always hurt, but we gotta start confessing....
to get rid of sin and insecure doubt, instead of living a facade of
perfection, with pain and doubt still nagging us under the surface.
The title song, "Straight Avenue" (Has more of
a drum rock beat, with this acoustical / electric guitar style song,
again arranged in an interesting way to grab the listener).
Basic principle of the song is that Christianity
is an active faith, not being afraid of being different by living
the truth and standing up for the Gospel, which we can do through
God's inspiration and power. The lyrics speak of behavior before and
after a personal change inspired by divine intervention.
Lyrical Sample: I felt certain convictions,
but always conformed. (Until).... but then something changed, I took
a walk with intent in my step, the line was drawn with a purpose set.
I put on dedication boots, and led a horse of a different hue down
straight avenue. I stepped out of line to speak the truth, now I reside
on Straight Avenue.
"Gone" - (Music starts off with driving
acoustical guitar, swells to full band of electrical guitars, some
keyboard and active drums, in bright combinations. Nice background
vocals join Curl during the chorus).
In this song, Curl explores the grief of the
Lord over lost sheep. The Lord is lamenting the loss of a girl, who
refuses to believe, resulting in no relationship with God, and a useless
Lyrical sample: I can see that she is still
alive, I hear her words, see her tears but when I look into her eyes,
there's nobody in there, there's nobody home.
She grew up to be a model, burned out of school,
smokes her joints, her life is going full throttle. There is nothing
I can do, just let her roam.
(CHORUS) And oh the tragedy, a childhood is
lost, and so is honesty and I've tried so hard to bring the little
girl back but now she's gone.
Curl explores the consequences of belief:
Experiencing God's love, mercy, guidance, faithfulness, comfort, and
a relationship with the Lord in the following songs:
"Leaders Song" (Upbeat, rock percussion, punctuated
by base guitar, keyboard work, light guitar in background).
An encouraging, rallying song for Christians,
in spreading the Gospel.
Lyrical Sample: We can't fill their every
need, but surely know that we are planting seeds, and we don't know
which will grow, but God will reap abundantly, la la la la la! He'll
"So Amazing" (Background music is a fresh
combination of acoustical guitars and interesting light percussion,
keyboards. The score slowly builds, starting off with solemn, flowing,
melodious acoustical guitars).
A beautifully unique version of Amazing Grace.
Curl's own tune melds beautifully with John Newton's 1779 text, which
he wrote after his dramatic conversion to Christianity. He promptly
left the slave trade to serve God.
Lyrical Sample: Amazing grace, how sweet the
sound, that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost, but now I'm found,
was blind but now I see.
Transitional phrase used between verses: You
are so amazing, you're grace is so amazing.....
"Who Do You Think You Are?" - (Starts
off with snare and electrical guitar, swells to full drum and acoustical
guitar, then to full band, and variations follow).
Starts off with the attitude of an unbeliever.
Then, the song describes a personal encounter with Jesus, resulting
in belief. By the end of the song, this new believer is answering
her own question.
Lyrical Sample: You say there's someone who
understands I really don't feel the same but I'll play your little
game, who do you think you are? Finally, I got the chance to meet him,
my heart began to race when simply He touched my face, to my surprise
He said that I'm forgiven. Thank you sir; I felt the weight lift off
my chest, pardon my double talk but you redefine my walk....
Are you a healer, are you a Savior, who do
you think your are? You see right through my chart to the problem
of my heart, I came to walk again, you took away my sin.
"With You" & "Bitter Sweet" - Are songs that explore
the faithfulness of God during hard times during our life. While there
will be slippery stones, bitter experiences along with sweet moments,
God is there to guide us. Support us through it all, and we must accept
the bitter along with the sweet as both will exist in our life, as
we pass through.
"With You" - (Acoustical guitar for first stanza,
then rest of band joins in: drums, electric piano, electric guitar).
(Speaking to the love of her life:) Lyrical
Sample: I know that's it's true that we'll fall sometimes, still I
know it's you I want to fall with, I'm falling in love with you. Slippery
stones no they don't scare me, I'll hold your hand, we'll walk together
faithfully, cause God is our guide, hang on it might be a bumpy ride.
"Bitter And Sweet" (Synthesizer, piano, drums,
acoustical guitar. Song written in a minor key. Chorus switches to
Lyrical Sample:1 Everybody gets lonely in
the middle of the crowd. Everybody gets tired from baggage we all
carry 'round. Everybody gets paranoid dodging drafts and asteroids.
Can you trust a stranger knowing they will disappoint you?
Chorus: I'm just passing through this station,
waiting for the 503, and I need you to remind me to take the bitter
with the sweet.
"Miracle Boy" - A song that is sung to a little
boy whose existence is miraculous, and she pledges her love and support
to him because her heart was touched by him. Then, she goes on to
tell him of another miracle boy, Jesus, who is always faithful, always
there for us.
Lyrical Sample: 2 There's another miracle
boy that I pray you will know cause He loves you so, so if we need
anything we know He'll be around, He'll always be found.
"Holding On" - (Starts off with interesting
sounds coming from synthesized keyboard, then is joined by rhythmic
acoustical guitar, establishing the beat of the song. The rhythmic
strokes of acoustical guitar are joined by drums, keyboard, swells
to full band, starting with a cymbal. During the chorus, there is
an echoing effect, then goes back down to simple guitar, drum, and
the cycle begins again, varying a little. Variations of music throughout
make this song as unique as all the others).
Song tells of the yearning for a better, deeper
love that satisfies the soul, and how she surrenders in prayer and
discovers the Lord Jesus, and his love that holds on faithfully to
Lyrical Sample: I need a better love, cause
I messed up so badly, I fell down so sadly, broken beyond repair.
I got down on my knees, begged forgiveness please, I found you there....
sacrificing pride, I looked upon your face, saw love in your eyes,
you picked me up, and held me close.....your love's so strong holding
Julie Carr - Reviewer for ChristianMusic.com
To find out more about Wendy Curl and her music,
and/or order her
CDs go to her Web-Site: WendyCurl.com E-Mail: WendyCurl@aol.com