The most profound musical experience I have ever had is easy for me to remember, and not at all difficult to explain. It’s going to sound a bit pretentious but, in one single moment, I felt I understood why music, and song in particular, is such an important expression of the human soul. It wasn’t […]Read more "ALL THAT YOU HAVE IS YOUR SOUL"
James P. McNamara has been around the block. He’s a Kansas City native whose urban poetry goes much deeper than simply re-iterating disaffected graffiti scrawled across his hometown. He digs down into the fabric of the built environment and comes out with a brightly descriptive narrative of man the animal in a zoo of his […]Read more "GRID MADE MORTAL"
Now that we are past the mid-point of the year, we have reached that juncture where music reviewers, bloggers and marketing types will begin to offer their unsolicited tips for the best album of 2015. This dreary occupation would excite my interest more if the category itself was a bit more imaginative. If for example, […]Read more "Other Things : The Wonderful World of Zen and the Art of Jollification"
Last Year, I reviewed an EP by Tír na nÓg entitled I Have Known Love and I thoroughly recommended it’s charms to my discerning readers. Bad luck if you weren’t “on it” as they say, for this polished gem released via the estimable Fruits de Mer label sold out pretty damn quick. However, it’s all […]Read more "Did Ye Ever Hear Tell of Tír na nÓg and The Dark Dance?"
There are few singers in the world today who work as hard as Kurt Elling to build strong bridges across musical boundaries. His latest album is called Passion World, and it lives up to its name as a global span of ardent emotions expressed in very diverse songs. Elling is, for my money, the finest […]Read more "Sense and Sensitivity: Kurt Elling Serves Up Both on Passion World"
Sean Taylor is an artist who can always be trusted to speak candidly. On his new album The Only Good Addiction is Love his latest songs are beautifully informed by inspirational poets, painters and writers. Nevertheless, the observations he makes are uniquely his own, and he remains (as ever) reliably truthful. This is the seventh […]Read more "Sean Taylor’s Message of Love"
Blink and you’ll miss it they say, or in my case, wander around with your eyes closed in complete daze and the whole world will pass you by. That can be the only explanation for not bringing Illuminate to your attention much sooner than this. Konrad Wiszniewski released this very fine CD at the back […]Read more "Return Ticket: It’s Lighting Up Time on Konrad Wiszniewski’s ‘Illuminate’"