Monday, November 29, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
6 - Underwater Woman
7 - I'll Find My Way
8 - Month Of Mondays (Help Me Through)
9 - Still Chasing That Fox
10 - Canada
11 - Like A River
12 - Old London Blues
Three decades of songwriting craft and instrumental skillbuilding come together on Eddie Martin’s latest collection, “Folk and Blues” - a rootsy mix of original songs and instrumentals with pure acoustic arrangements. This set adds a new exclamation mark on a career that shows no signs of slowing down. On the contrary, this creative powerhouse continues to push his musical boundaries, emerging here as both a tender folk artist alongside the tough blues artist we know. His 11th album features a slew of tunes stripped down to their essence, shining the spotlight on a Londoner’s transatlantic touring experiences and musical development, which combines Delta-hardened slide with pretty finger-picking dexterity in the Jansch-Graham tradition.
Alone in the studio with his engineer son, the album was recorded live with no overdubs in just three days. This, not-to-mention the fact that Martin wrote and played everything, produced and even did the artwork, begins to account for the honest, personal nature of the album. All this combines to draw the listener in to a simple, yet emotionally powerful musical landscape, upon which his blues and folk-fuelled narratives and tunes are painted. The album also captures the engaging vitality and humour of his one-man-band live shows, especially in the whooping solo harmonica piece. It features 12 original compositions including 3 instrumentals which spotlight the master musicianship that saw him nominated in both the Best Guitarist and Best Harmonica Player categories in this year’s British Blues Awards. Martin’s signature strong song-writing, slide/ finger-picking, rack-harmonica and expressive vocal style add a welcome new strand to the rich transatlantic dialogue dating from British musician’s first encounters with US folk blues in the 1960s
Monday, November 22, 2010
3 - Doin' It
4 - How Long Has That Train Been Gone
5 - Tipitina
6 - Rockin' Pneumonia
7 - Jambalaya
8 - Mean Ol' World
9 - Stag-O-Lee
10 - Mess Around
11 - Hey Now Baby
12 - (They Call Me) Doctor Professor Longhair
Pianist, composer, and singer, Professor Longhair, is one of the most important musical figures in New Orleans' rich musical legacy. Born Henry Roeland Byrd (also known as Fess) in Bogalusa, Louisiana on December 19, 1918, he became the embodiment of New Orleans rhythm and blues at his peak in the late '70s. Fess influenced countless musicians, such as Fats Domino, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Henry Butler, Huey "Piano" Smith, Marcia Ball, Champion Jack Dupree, Jon Cleary, the Meters, and the Neville Brothers. His unique style fused diverse elements including blues, barrelhouse boogie-woogie, rock, and gospel, which he combined with calypso, rhumba, and second-line street parade rhythms. His hybrid "rhumba-boogie" piano style, with a heavy, percussive left hand, forever changed the sound of rhythm and blues piano. Fess had a charismatic presence and unflinching soulful quality which pervades his recordings and performances. Few artists embodied his singular quality or have equaled the span of his influence on modern music.
Styles : Delta Blues
Released : 1990
1 - Herman Alexander - You Got To Move
2 - Herman Alexander - Red Dressed Baby
3 - Herman Alexander - Highway 61
4 - Herman Alexander - Boogie All Night Long
5 - Herman Alexander - Gamblin' Blues
6 - Herman Alexander - Down Home Blues
7 - Herman Alexander - Baby Please Don't Go
10 - Herman Alexander - Dog Chasing The Fox
This Wolf release features field recordings made in 1990 showcasing the unique styles of bluesmen Herman Alexander and CeDell Davis. Even though he was musically active in the '50s and '60s, CeDell Davis gained national exposure in the mid-'90s through his amazing recordings on Fat Possum Records. His left-handed bottleneck style was developed after his right hand became crippled at a young age. Herman Alexander is a street singer in Memphis. His guitar and harp playing were modeled after Mississippi Fred McDowell. While he has often been heard on Beale Street, he was rarely recorded. Both of these bluesmen play highly compelling, gritty music.
Herman Alexander - Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
CeDell Davis - Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Thursday, November 18, 2010
2 - A Memory From My Happier Years
3 - Your Love Is Contagious
4 - Slow Suicide
5 - Between So Long And Goodbye
6 - Your Heart Is Just A Frigidaire
7 - Heartaches And Strifes
8 - A Darker Side Of Me
9 - The World I Live In
10 - This Is Better
11 - A Risky Lifestyle
Talking about blues players outside America it´s hard to leave out Sven Zetterberg, Sweden´s most versatile artist in this field. Being both an excellent singer,guitarist,songwriter and harmonica player extraordinary, he has become a house-hold name all over Scandinavia. Born in Skärblacka on the 28th of March in 1952,Sven took music seriously enough to perform in school at the age of seven. "I didn´t know any real english words and couldn´t actually play any instrument but my grandmother had bought me an acoustic guitar that I fooled around with trying to mimic Elvis Presley. The first black performer I heard was Little Richard and he almost drove me crazy with his wild, frantic singing. "In 1964 he first heard Mick Jagger play harmonica and later that year heard Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller) and that got him started. "The Blues activated something in me and it still moves me". "Harmonica was my main instrument to begin with. I didn´t start playing guitar seriously until I was 24. The first bluesband , Telge Blues, was formed in 1972 and lasted long enough to make the Phillips record company interested enough to release an album in 1976. Today, many albums later, Sven hasn´t lost interest in performing or recording and two of his albums, "Blues from within" and "Let me get over it" were both nominated for a Grammy in Sweden. "Today Sven works mostly with the Rockarounds: Micke Finell: Tenor sax & Vocals, Calle Brickman: Keyboards, Tommy Cassemar: Bass, Ingemar Dunker: Drums
5 - Bad Boys
6 - Detour
7 - Ain't My Time To Sing The Blues
8 - All That Love
9 - Wrath Of Mom
10 - Spend A Little Time
11 - Independent Woman
Offering up a generous helping of the Swinging Bouncing Boogie Blues is what Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce are all about and now with their ground breaking Debut release "Tales From Lenny's Diner", we all get to hear why this band gets such rave reviews at all their shows.
Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce is a little city band with a big city sound and I do mean BIG. These cats can stand up against any Swinging Boogie Blues band out there today and not only hold their own, but blow the competition away.
When it comes to music leaving you with a good time feeling, "Tales From Lenny's Diner", really is the Cats Meow.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
1 - Off-Shoot-Zero
2 - Lingony
3 - Emanon Blues
8 - Eddie's Blues
1 - Open Your Book, Your Daddy Got To Read With You
2 - St. Louis Blues
3 - That's All Right
4 - Stoop Down Baby, Let Your Daddy See (Complete Version)
7 - Prowling Ground Hog
8 - Sam Chatmon Discusses Prowling Ground Hog
9 - Go Back Old Devil
In 1928 the Chatmons moved to the Delta to a town named Hollandale. The band disbanded in 1935, but in 1936 Sam and Lonnie Chatmon recorded twelve duets for Bluebird.
After the death of his brothers, Sam Chatmon became part of the New Mississippi Sheiks and played with Walter Vinson, Carl Martin, and Ted Bogan. Sam did not record during the 1940's. Instead he worked on area plantations around Hollandale. He was rediscovered in 1960 by Ken Swerilas, who talked Sam into performing again. Sam Chatmon became known primarily then as a folk blues artist. He recorded on the Arhoolie label and later with others.
Chatmon's wife was Elma Lue Chatmon. Their son later became known as Singing' Sam and was a bass guitarist who played with Elmore James.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Styles : Acoustic Memphis Blues, Piano Blues
Released : 2007
Label : Mbirafon
01 - Sweet Charlene & Mose Vinson - Sitting Here Drinking
02 - Mose Vinson - No More Dogging
03 - Van Hunt & Mose Vinson - Early In The Morning About The Break Of Day - Take 1
05 - Van Hunt - Mrs. Van Hunt Discusses Early In The Morning
08 - Sweet Charlene & Mose Vinson - Forty Four Blues
17 - Van Hunt & Ruth Ogilvie - Mrs. Van Hunt And Mrs. Ruth Ogilvie Discuss Repertoire
18 - Mose Vinson - Careless Love
19 - Van Hunt & Mose Vinson - Corinna Corinna
20 - Mose Vinson - Old Blue Jumped A Rabbit Take 2
21 - Mose Vinson, Van Hunt & Ruth Ogilvie - Mose Vinson Discusses Old Blue Jumped A Rabbit
22 - Mose Vinson - Pinetop's Boogie Woogie
23 - Van Hunt & Mose Vinson - The Darktown Strutters Ball
24 - Van Hunt - Crump And Jim Kinnane
25 - Van Hunt - Mrs. Van Hunt Discusses Crump And Jim Kinnane
26 - Van Hunt - Mrs. Van Hunt Discusses Bottleneck Technique
27 - Van Hunt & Mose Vinson - Selling The Jelly Boogie
28 - Van Hunt - Troubled World
29 - Van Hunt & Mose Vinson - Sunnyland Special
Album review of sussex
Mrs. Van Zula Carter Hunt, originally from Somersville, Tennessee, traveled with the minstrel shows in the 1920s and 1930s. She was active in Memphis until the mid-1940s.
Subtitled "Field Recordings Fom Memphis, Tennessee (1976-1982)", "Blues At Home Vol. 1" is the extraordinary demonstration of the voice of Van Hunt : she's accompanied on several cuts by the late great Mose Vinson on piano and vocals and Sweet Charlene voice.
She's a delightful singer and a fine guitarist.
The recordings are definitely "field recordings" rather than studio recordings with occasional interjections from family members. You can also occasionally make out sounds from outside (e.g., the sound of a passing car).
Van Zula Carter Hunt has been recorded for Victor Records (during the 1930s), Rca Bluebird (at the end of 1940s and early 1940s) and for Adelphi Records (1969/70) Those last recordings are included on the albums 'The Memphis Blues Again Vol.1 and Vol.2.
Tips of ymd5270
I got this great album from sussex a few months ago, had been deep impressed. Until now, to me is the best album of the year. I desperately wanted to know for blues lovers about this great album of not famous artists. I was lacking of information about album in many ways, so would require knowledge of the blues master. Thankfully, sussex send review of this album. we meet a great album thanks to sussex.
*Original CD from sussex
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Label : Super Bird Records
1 - Shoppin' For My Baby
2 - So Doggone Blue
3 - Pretty Pretty Woman
4 - The Blues Got Me
5 - Automobile
6 - Living On Borrowed Time
7 - Better Take It Slow
8 - Playin' The Game
After Frank Frost''s death in 1996, Sam put together a new band called The Delta Jukes and these live recordings are their earliest. This is modern Mississippi Delta Blues at its finest.
Album review of sussex
I can only tell you, about this album, i like it because the sound is real delta blues. Well done and the best his line-up of ever... no great news (but blues music isn't for news)... higly recommended to delta-blues lovers.
*Original CD from sussex
Styles : Modern Electric Blues, Diatonic Harp 11 - Blues Nocturno
12 - Tu Cama
13 - Hay Fuego En Mi Guitarra
Album review of ymd5270
Often the blues of South America tend to ignore because language. but i think the music is not read the lyric of song but enjoy listening to the melody and rhythm. I would like to recommend Rilke or Yeats if you want good lyric. music is just a music. of course, more would be nice if the lyrics are good. but don't understand the lyrics should not undermine the essence of music. for this reason, i have this album introduces here.
Listen to "Lección de Vida", "Blues De La Esclerosis", it will bring solace to your mind, also their honesty and solid perfomances will be satisfied with your heart as much as Rilke or Yeats's poetry.
About José Cruz
José Cruz who come from Mexico insists on wanting to give an example that inner strength is what brings forth any adversity. Thus, their latest album is titled "Lección de Vida", a name similar to the upcoming documentary
Cruz on three occasions he used artificial oxygen to blow his harmonica, with bent notes that such classics Blue Medicine, Geneva Kiss and Blues Shortcut.
An independent production company opted to fill the Met with Jose Cruz, now without Real de Catorce, and jammed the streets of Mexico City with propaganda. Almost does the trick, something rarely common within the ranks of foreign music
the big record labels.
Participants who attended wearing t-shirts, most of them pirated and sold outside of the building, the group Real de Catorce. You could tell the audience dominate the lyrics to album after album of the group, including his latest, which no longer
bears the name of the band, only the leader and creator.
Cruz accompanied him to nine musicians, all young, members of the group Los Hikuris, which emphasizes the participation of his daughter Maria Jose in the chorus Just spent a serious crisis sclerosis, Cruz stopped playing some of the more rocker songs of his repertoire, which did not happen Friday night. With new arrangements, opened the trunk old blues acclaimed by his followers, including Crystal and Soledad Patios and Sun
For approximately two hours bluesy leader reviewed his repertoire, though he allowed his daughter, Maria José sang several classics alone, like leaving their legacy in their bluesy tone of voice.
The artist promised his followers to stay on stage despite the suffering, wanting to quit among those who admire him a "Lección de Vida."
Styles : Chicago Blues
Released : 2008
01 - Soldi
02 - I Che Cultura
03 - C'era Un Posto
05 - Sposta Il Fondo
06 - Boogie Comm
08 - Vico Fiorito
09 - Bella Famme 'no Quiz
The Blue Stuff was born in Naples in 1982, thanks to the initiative of Mario "Blue Train" Insenga, former animator in a previous musical project that gave life to the Blue Box.
From the beginning the band is characterized as a blues band faithfully devoted to the Chicago Style, for the first year the activity is almost exclusively live, with concerts in Italy.
The debut album takes place in 1990 with Chicago Bound, followed by a live album.
At the end of 1991 created the partnership with Joe Sarnataro, blues, or the alter ego of Edward Jackson, who is struck by the visceral power of composition and performance of Blue Stuff.
Everything is expressed in 1992 in the record "E asciuto pazzo 'o padrone," the soundtrack of the music“Joe e suo nonno", focusing on the evils of Naples. The collaboration continued for the next two years, with tours that affect Switzerland, Austria and Germany, until the "gioco di finzione" Joe Sarnataro no end.
Then the Blue Stuff are still on their way, always made the blues, which led them in 1994 to publish "L'acqua e poca" for Sony Music (in which Jackson also sings in the title track), and in 1999 "roba blues "for the Cheyenne Records, reprinting some of their previous albums.
* Original CD from sussex
1990 - Chicago Bound (ristampato nel 2007 dalla Cheyenne Records, CYR 023)
1991 - Live
1992 - E asciuto pazzo 'o padrone (Virgin VDI 135; con Edoardo Bennato; ristampato nel 2004 dalla Cheyenne Records, CYR 014)
1994 - L'acqua e poca (Sony Music; ristampato nel 2006 dalla Cheyenne Records, CYR 016)
1999 - Roba blues (Cheyenne Records, CYR 010)
2008 - ...Altra gente...Altro blues... (Cheyenne Records, CYR 025)
1 - Impiegato
2 - Il Blues Della Strada
3 - Appena Conosciuta
4 - E' Asciuto Pazzo 'O Padrone
5 - Pienz' a Salute
6 - Tempi Duri
7 - Citta Di Frontiera
8 - Compagno Di Strada
9 - Picchia Piu Forte
10 - L'acqua e Poca
11 - Afragola Shuffle
12 - Mo' Chi Pava
13 - E' Asciuto Pazzo 'O Padrone
1 - Intro
2 - E' Asciuto Pazzo 'o Padrone
3 - Sotto Viale Augusto Che Ce Sta'?
4 - 'O Billocco l'acqua!
5 - Accussì Va 'o Munno
6 - Va Vedenno Mo' Chi è Stato
7 - Vutammo Pe Te'
8 - Lieve 'e Mano Alloca!
9 - Che Babbilonia!
10 - Come Aggia Fà
11 - 'A Gente è Bona
12 - Nisciuno!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
01 - Weed Whacker's Romp
02 - Mellow Apples
09 - Kokomo
The title track and an additional four of the 12 tracks are original compositions. The cover songs are a homage to the blues greats like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Muddy Waters, and Big Joe Williams, while not being played like exact copies of the originals they stand out as individual interpretations.
The vocals of Tony Ramos are also featured, which adds a special note even to a Traditional such as “St. James Infirmary”. “Evil Queen Of Diamonds“ is traditional and equally modern, and it will entertain the listener.
1 - I've Been Lonely For So Long
2 - Ain't No Life After Love
3 - I Betcha Didn't Know That
4 - Do Ya, Do Ya, Do Ya Want Somebody
5 - I You Can Beat Me Rocking You Can Have My Chair
6 - (If you) Gimme Some Of Yours, I'll Give You Some Of Mine
1 - Five on the Black Hand Side
2 - Kung Fu Funk / John Henry
4 - Tell Me You Love Me
5 - They Keep Comin'
6 - Gideon & Morn
7 - Black Star Barber Shop
8 - Sweet Meat
9 - Stormy & Gladys
10 - Playin' Numbers
11 - Temperance Woman
14 - Mama on the Roof / Gail Reads Demands
15 - Fun Lovin' Arrives
16 - Reception Line Dance
17 - They Keep Comin'
18 - I'll Give You Love
Styles : R&B, Blues, Reggae
Released : 2010
1 - Flip Flop And Fly
2 - In The Dark
3 - Don't Lie To Me
4 - Oh What A Price #1
5 - Softly Softly #2
6 - Ain't No Love
7 - Put The Blame On Me
8 - Something On Your Mind
9 - Heart To Heart
10 - Ain't Nobody's Business
11 - Bring It On Home
12 - Love Letters
13 - Who Will Your Next Fool Be
14 - Blues Bug
15 - It Hurts Me Too
16 - Can't Get The Stuff
17 - Southside Skank - Outro
SOUTHSIDE started life as a modest four piece band recruited by Dick Lovejoy on drums, fronted by Geraint Watkins on piano and vocals, backed by guitarist Jimmy Roche together with bass player Roger Sutton. All accomplished musicians, they enjoyed a common interest in Rhythm & Blues. Although not originating from the area, all had found themselves based in South London, centred in and around Brixton. Indeed, the band took it's name from Clapham Common 'SOUTHSIDE' - not the most original name - more a reflection of the band's location and genre. The band started playing at local Pubs and clubs and quickly built a regular enthusiastic following.
After a short while, Roger Sutton was enticed away by Rolling Stone Charlie Watts to play with Rocket 88. Roger's place was filled by Ian Ellis who had just completed a Savoy Brown tour. After a while, Geraint also took time out to record and tour with Shakin' Stevens and later moved on to become an 'in demand' sideman for many other major artists. Geraint's place was filled by Diz Watson, another charismatic singer and keyboard player. Meanwhile, as the band continued to grow in popularity, a Brass section was added. Local heroes Steve Waller and Stevie Smith jammed regularly with the band. Steve Waller became a permanent addition, blending in perfectly with his superb guitar playing and outstanding vocals.
Over a period, SOUTHSIDE became a 'musicians band' that just 'had to be seen'. With a repertoire that was never highly rehearsed or arranged, SOUTHSIDE also became a band that everybody wanted to play with. With this scenario, the band met up with many good friends, some old, some new. As a result, every gig was a blast from start to finish - the music not always tight but always exciting - while reflecting a 'genuine blues' feel.
2 - Steam Machine
3 - The Truth Is
4 - Good Times (Are Killing Me)
5 - The Ballad Of Fat Melon Willie McClinton Jr
7 - Y' Never Stop (Do Ya?)
8 - Let Go
Tom Peschel - Double Bass
Ludwig Seuss - Piano
Big Brother George, Olaf Giebe - Backing Vocals
Album review of ymd5270
German band, this album consists of various genres of music, blues, zydeco, country, folk...etc. track 7, 10, 16, if you're blues enthusiasts would like to recommend it.
Track 10 was absolutely my kind. It's the best performance of this album!
*Original CD from sussex
2 - Lígia
4 - Aos Nossos Filhos
6 - Modinha
7 - Da Cor Do Pecado
Speaking of foreign countries, Omar has performed in France, Portugal and seven other nations, rooting themselves for three years in the United States, where she performed in the best theaters, pubs, nightclubs, and also recorded albums for record companies and London Columbia.
Omar began his career alongside another great musician and, at the time, a promising talent: it was Pedrinho Mattar, who died in February 2007 and one of the greatest pianists in Brazil. Invited to perform in theaters, played together with the maestro Gao Gurgel songs difficult to perform, including "The Flight of the Beetle" by Rimsky Korsacov, "Hora Staccato" by Dinic and "Turkish March" by Mozart.
With prestige, Omar became the special guest of the most important television programs of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, possessing, in the TV Tupi and Culture, exclusive programs. Record TV, for example, Omar participated for 40 weeks of the "Grand Union Show," a best audience at the time.
In addition to presentations in major venues and busy Sao Paulo SESC presentations on the network, Omar traveled the entire country performing in theaters, bars or sharing the stage with great names of Brazilian music, as Cauby Peixoto, Lúcio Alves, Silvio Caldas , Elizeth Cardoso, among others.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Styles : Modern Electric Blues
Released : 2010
1 - Let It Roll
2 - It's a Good Life
3 - It's Just Another Rainy Day
4 - All Roads
5 - Lola Jeanne
6 - Big Girl Part 1
7 - I Hung My Head
8 - Cakewalk Into Town
9 - I'm Tryin'
10 - Lucky Mutha Foya
11 - Hula Hoop Champion
12 - ATL Family 2010
13 - Pawn Shop Blues
14 - Crazy Love
15 - Big Girl Part 2
Josh is a straight up singin', guitar slingin', songwriting, crowd-pleasing Blues man. Son of a preacher man and woman, at 35 Josh has achieved incredible success and proves to be one of the most skillful yet animated Blues performers around. An absolute entertainer, Josh manages to keep everyone happy no matter what their age, race, or music taste - Everybody loves him!
Having played all over the US and in Europe since 1989, his fan base continues to grow and grow, as do his CD sales. Josh has recorded 9 albums and sold over 100,000 copies through his website motorcityjosh and at his shows.
Josh is popular for both his award winning - Memphis International Blues Finalist 2003 - foot stomping down-home Blues solo acoustic act, and his electrifying 'Funky Blues You Can't Refuse' 4-piece band.
The Detroit native spent 10 years working up a MCJ frenzy in the Motor City area, then moved to Atlanta in 1999 to do the same. Based in Chicago briefly and now back in Detroit - he's at it again, doing what he does best.... making people smile, dance, laugh and request his songs again and again!
Released : 1994
1 - Hallelujah I Just Love Her So
6 - Up Here with the Moon
7 - Praying Mantis
10 - First Ride
Several of Bartley’s songs from this project have been recorded by other artists, and the title instrumental was awarded a top prize in Performance by the 1998 Billboard Magazine Song Contest. Five bonus songs were added when the LP was reissued on CD. Production treatments ranging from solo acoustic guitar to full band and the use of some unusual instruments make this varied 17-song collection an excellent introduction to Geoff Bartley’s work.
*Original CD from sussex
1 - One Kind Word
2 - Welcome To The Spiral Dance
3 - Noah's Ark
4 - Natural Law
5 - Snowfall
6 - Into The Deeper Blue
7 - See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
8 - We're All Alike
9 - Cut By Wire
10 - A Letter From Prison
11 - The Wealthiest Of Men
12 - Let Falling Stars...
Geoff Bartley is no newcomer, he's been around the singer-songwriter scene for many years, but if this release fails to bring him serious recognition there's no justice in the world. He wrote, or co-wrote, eleven of the dozen songs here, and performs them with a spirit and grace often missing in the voices of other genre artists. His voice celebrates the music. Blind Lemon Jefferson's "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" is the only non-original.
Bartley and Frank Coakley co-produced the release with ample accompaniment, and tracks such as "Welcome to the Spiral Dance" make you want to get up and dance. Eight musicians in addition to Bartley's multi-instrumental capability (guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, and ocarina) contribute flavor and zest to each track. A veritable choir of voices, including familiar names such as John Gorka (who co-authored "Cut by Wire" with Bartley), Jennifer Kimball, Greg Greenway, Jonatha Brooke, Catie Curtis, and Les Sampou chime in where desired. With all these forces, Bartley and Coakley resist the temptation to bury the songs in production. There's not a bad song here; most either subtly or overtly show a social consciousness. "The Wealthiest of Men" joins classics such as Utah Phillips' "All Used Up" in condemning the system that uses and then abuses working people. Like Phillips' song, Bartley tells it in the first person. He doesn't preach it, he lives it. In a more light-hearted vein, "We're All Alike" with it's almost skiffle rhythm, lists all the things we have in common, including some rather unusual things. If you can resist tapping your foot to this song, you're probably the type who can eat only one potato chip. Similarly, "Noah's Ark" retells the Biblical story in a highly poetic way as a moral lesson for present day. He concludes the recording with the inspirational "Let Falling Stars...", a reflection of life and love that leaves you with a feeling of having made an engaging and enjoyable journey with Bartley. My only complaint is a lack of booklet; there are no notes or lyrics, a pity considering the complexity of some of the songs.