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Bob Snider - Stealin' Home

Stealin' Home

Bob Snider

BCD 149

Borealis Recording Company Ltd.
225 Sterling Road, Unit 19
Toronto, Canada M6R 2B2
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A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Guntram Gudowius

Bob Snider has been writing songs in the Maritimes since the early 70s, performing them on the streets of Toronto starting 1986. After releasing two independent cassettes, two of his own CDs and one of a tribute concert of his songs, "Stealin' Home" is his 2002 effort recorded live "in the living room - no audience participation" with a bunch of talented musicians. The overall impression is acoustic good time music that makes you want to snap your fingers and tap your toes. At the same time, it's very relaxing. Whether using elements of swing, blues or maritime music (featuring accordion or melodica), the music, rendered by his expressive voice, fits like a glove around the lyric. It's obvious that he's having a lot of fun singing and you want to howl along when he imitates a dog. Tongue-in-cheek or tender, he delivers the songs like the seasoned busker that he is, having been recognized through the nomination for several awards.

The CD opens with On A Night Like This, a funny account of what a kiss can do. It continues with Mayflower, describing how these little flowers are the long awaited sign of the approaching spring. Anna Marie is a short love fling; appearing and vanishing like a falling star. Dog of course is about man's best friend, including the bad habits. On My Own tells about the trying times for a long distance love. Granny 1 and 2 feature lyrical snapshots of daily rural life, from baking bread and cookies to spittin' tobacco at a can. Sweet Evening Breeze compares this weather phenomenon with someone of similar changing characteristics. Telephone Pole Blues draws several comparisons of a love stuck in the hole, while How To Build A Fence" is an exact (or rough) manual how to do just that. This Is Just To Say remembers the good times of a love that fell apart. Tonight wishes for good things to happen to all kinds of folks because the singer's cup is overflowing. The album closes with a "hidden" track; a little ditty called Enthusiasm, in which Bob urges for the good forces to strengthen their spirits in the face of dismal news concerning the world's resources.

Throughout the album Bob's enthusiasm for the songs shines and is reflected by the band, using the breaks to feature their instruments in a fitting connection to the lyrics. Judging from this, Bob's live performances must be a blast.


Bob Snider - voice, guitar
David Baxter - guitar, back-up vocals
Bob Wiseman - piano, accordion, melodica
Terry Wilkins - bass
Michelle Josef - percussion
Produced & arranged by David Baxter

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2003, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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