The newest disc for the Berkeley, CA musician might be the sort of trip a journalism major, who was influenced growing up by artists as diverse as Carole King to Jimi Hendrix might make if he had a perceptive eye, and had that ability to spin out his tales in a clear way. The words that form the stories of his songs do that task, which is not quite as simple as it sounds. The music goes along touching on Blues, Folk, Afro Caribbean beat, almost a child's song or two (he does have a newborn son), and a whole lot more; he doesn't settle into a style and explore it. His music seems most directed and focused when he is playing electric guitar; the songs seem more directed at a focal point.
There are 13 songs on the disc he wrote 8 of them by himself, on the other 5 he has a variety of co-writers though on each of them he did the lyrics. He concentrates on the details of life and how they affect us, our decisions and those around us, the whispering of trees, the affect of a 5 inch wall, and love both big and small. The songs are clear and well written but at times they are not delivered very effectively. Some of the songs seem to be delivered for the ears of children, they are not delivered with an effect that will re-enforce the intended message. The first song, As Long As You Come Home, is one of the most effective and a high point of the disc, though several others come very close.
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Copyright 2011, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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