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Keep the Light Alive - Celebrating the Music of Lowen & Navarro

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Help find a "CURE" for ALS!

ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that usually attacks both upper and lower motor neurons and causes degeneration throughout the brain and spinal cord. First discovered in the mid 1800s and they still have no idea where it comes from or are anywhere near a cure. It is estimated that as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time.

Recording artists of all stripes are banding together in support of renowned singer songwriter Eric Lowen of the duo Lowen and Navarro, and organizations united in the fight against ALS (Lou Gherig's Disease).

Friends who have lent their voices and respect not just of the music but also the man, are: Jackson Browne, John Ondrasik (of Five For Fighting), Keb' Mo', The Bangles, Severin Browne, Joel Rafael, Andy Chase, The Refugees, Freebo, Eddie from Ohio, Phil Parlapiano, Charlie Wadhams and Stonehoney.

Award-winning songwriter, Eric Lowen, was diagnosed with ALS on March 17th, 2004. Setting an example for us all, Eric has continued to work tirelessly on his music, recording, writing and until recently, even performing. Now Eric's friends and peers have united to pay tribute to Eric and others who suffer from this life taking disease.

For Eric Lowen and Dan Navarro, the road is home, the stage is the runway and the studio the garden. Songs of loss and change, hope and acceptance, fear and deliverance color their seven studio albums. Voices locked in synchro-step weaving in and out of the flow, telling stories of real lives in the balance. The connections between singer and song, between audience and stage melt into a rich brew that brings them deeper into the heart of the matter and that much closer to the fire in the hearts of their people. There is no road too long that their people don't travel far and wide to see and hear them. As it has been for over twenty years, it still is today.

Originally Lowen & Navarro made a name for themselves writing for other singers, including Pat Benatar with the 1984 hit “We Belong”, the Bangles, the Four Tops, the Temptations and Dave Edmunds. With their blend of acoustic guitars and stunning vocal harmonies they deliver dynamic, emotional, uplifting performances to fiercely loyal audiences for over 21 years.

Presently centered in the crosshairs is their newest release, "Learning To Fall". Seen through the lens of the realizations that come with living some of our dreams, releasing those that may never come to pass, and dealing with the acceptance of now as the only reality. The pattern of wanting and waiting, balanced with holding on and letting go, informs all the songs on "Learning To Fall" and makes them the truest, while sometimes most stark, expressions L&N have ever put on disk.

Much of what is said is seen through the filter of ALS, the neuromuscular disease contracted by Eric Lowen in 2003. His realizations have been revelatory, without moroseness or rage, nor precious sentiment, but are rather the simple statements of life lived at the crux.

Yes, ALS is bad. But don't buy this album for that reason

Buy this album because it is wonderful.
You can read the who's who, but it comes down to this: keep the light alive is one of the best tribute albums ever, and the performers hold their own after the covers, beside the affilliation with these two magical songwriters.

With great love to those magical songwriters, this album reinterprets solid songwriting.
Plus it helps fund reserach and support for folks ( and a folkie) with ALS.
Great music. Great cause. No misses on the album.
Hit "buy."
You won't regret it.

Keep the Light Alive - Celebrating the Music of Lowen & Navarro
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Vocal
  • Released: Oct 27, 2009

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