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Other Songs and Dances, Vol. 1

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Like a nice hot cup of tea

Warm, soothing and soulful.

May the volumes rise in number

I like to tell stories and so my days are spent finding a medium that expresses the stories of individual people. As Other Songs & Dances fills the air space of my world, the words to express my story are found pouring out of the sound system before me. The album is just as it says, "the compilation as art-form." It tells me the stories of people whom I have yet to meet although they have welcomed me into their world even as a complete stranger. Every night I drive down a long boulevard lined with street lamps. My day has been spent watching, listening and being consumed by brokenness on every level but when the day draws to an end, it is Peter Field's, "City Lights" that I listen to. In an environment that I am often left speechless in, I borrow, for a moment, the words of Peter's story to give some definition to mine. When I arrive home and the sun has set, a cup of tea and one small lamp illuminate my room as John Bonaventura's song, "Lullaby" helps set the stage for a new day that is yet to come after the current day and all that it has held is ushered quietly and softly to an end. There are moments in life that come so softly yet the power of the content leaves you with only your heart to understand its fullness and extent. Duncan Sheik's "A Purple Trail" expresses just that. There's power in the subtlty of the orchestra that gives fuel to the story that is expressed so profoundly. As time goes by and life happens, Other Songs & Dances is filled with stories of individuals and a compilation - an art form that gives them a voice. A story is a powerful thing and Other Songs & Dances possesses such a strength that stands apart and stands so beautifully as many have come together to create one extraordinary event that had to be told and must be heard.

Music to tame the soul

OSADv1 is definately one of those albums that help you unwind after a busy day and if you don't believe me, preview a few songs and I'm sure you'll agree. I truly believe that OSADv1 is a beautiful work of art. The first track, "Better Days" by Jeff Dueck, is peaceful and calming. I have heard Jeff live and listening to his two tracks on this album brought me right back to that concert hall so many years ago and warmed my heart with fond memories. "City Lights" is classic Peter Field...blending rhythms and genres you think would never work together but it does...and it's good...very good. When listening to Matt Singer's "Lover", my mind wanders back to younger years when I would lay on dew-kissed grass and stare up at a starry sky, holding hands with and old friend. Ian McGlynn's "Catharsis" draws up a vision of being at the ocean during the winter and watching the roaring tide under a grey sky as it crashes in on the shore. I could go on and on about each track and the memories and visions that come to my mind, but why bore you with my thoughts when you can make your own? Do yourself a favor and buy the whole album; your soul will thank you for it.

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