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Bittersweet ‘Nectar’: After a hard time on the road, Colonna has decided life as a musician is sweet after all

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — There’s been a whole lotta sweetness in Wendy Colonna’s life this summer.

In a July 5 blog on Colonna’s website, the word “sweet” is all over the place.

On that date, the singer-songwriter was at the Colorado farm of her longtime friend, Anna. The farm’s name is “La Dolce Vita,” which means the sweet life.

Colonna praised her “really sweet team to top off the sweet album.” The team includes her manager/consultant, agent and the producer and graphic designer of the new CD which is about to be released.

The album title is “Nectar” – but the songs are far from being ripe with happiness. In fact, Colonna said she told album producer Mark Addison that she had a bunch of melancholy songs that she wanted him to consider.

“‘Nectar’ is a sweet, unexpectedly beautifully put together album of songs that go into more of a vulnerable place,” Colonna said in a phone interview from Longmont, Colo. “There are songs about dying, vices, about being imperfect.”

Colonna will be in concert tonight at the Cowgirl in Santa Fe; Saturday, Aug. 31 at Hope in the Desert Episcopal Church in Albuquerque; and Sunday, Sept. 1 at La Junta Galleria in Bernalillo.

Her energy level and sense of purpose seem to have returned after she had been promoting her previous album “We Are One.”

“When I was out touring I ran myself ragged. I got sick on the road. I had worked hard to get that record off the ground but I had to get off the road. I had to re-evaluate if I want to stay in music or not,” the Austin-based Colonna said.

“I took a few steps back, asked myself some life questions. In retrospect, it was the best thing that ever happened to me.”

The good news is that Colonna pondered what was really important for herself and her career.

And she’s decided to stick with what she’s been doing.