MerryLeigh Giarra tells a musical story in slice-of-life vignettes. Temperate but hard truths about love and obsession, family, growing up and holding one's own. The songs are a collection of productions that span 40 years. Throaty vocals reveal a woman discovering her strength and her softness, accepting her choices and their consequences; packing up the dreams, sending the illusions off to the virtual thrift store. It's mellow with an edge, raunch with a PhD.