THE HALLS OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
Great start to the album. Upbeat and uplifting with a positive vibe.
A beautiful thought provoking song, written especially for Grahams very dear friend Andrew Gold who sadly passed away. The lyrics offer a glimpse of the closeness the two shared in their life journey, through their similarities and shared vision. I particularly love the chorus ( daylight, daylight, let it in and let it out) which for me is the true life blood of the song. It radiates an energy of its own, almost like a breathing sensation which we need for life itself…it gives the song its own life momentum and identity. When Graham sings
(I can hear you all about) it suggests Andrew has never really gone but still present in a spiritual sense. The thought sits perfectly with the serene ending of piano and voice, simple, effective, but a fitting tribute without being depressing or heavy.
ARIELLA - Another VIP in Grahams life. This track really lays Grahams soul bare and reveals the true extent of his feelings, hopes and dreams for his life with his lovely lady. Very catchy song, scattered with humour.
THEN ITS GONE
I love the tempo to this song and it was easily likeable. Its cosy and comforting and makes you warm inside. The subtle mandolin enhances the mood slightly.
LET ME DREAM AGAIN
Another positive song of feeling the pure joy of personal empowerment when you learn to live truly in the sun.
LOST IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE
A sad song of love that’s lost its way. The lyrics capture the pain of a love that was once precious and shared by two, mirrored with the empty longing pain of a solitary figure who is reaching for a flicker of hope to capture yesterday. The guitarist is a sympathetic ear.
Battlefield feels like the next chapter to lost in the shadows of love.
CRYING TIME AGAIN
This track maybe the third chapter. If you listen to all three songs you may see a pattern emerge. The first statement is someone lost, inconsolable and in love with memories. The next stage brings a new strength and vigour to retrieve that love whatever it takes. The third is a realisation that the love has gone for good.
ANY DAY NOW
A Spanish feel to this song. Very easy to listen to and enjoy. The lyrics yearn for togetherness keeping hope alive.
PUTTING MY FAITH IN LOVE
Quirky tune echoing a Mavericks style. Its catchy country and western feel make this a line dancers must have. Lyrics spread a desire to believe in the good of love and all what that brings and diminish negativity and pessimism.
Instrumental, moody, shadows style track with a great country and western rhythm.
The last track on the album - Graham visits his past with his love, as they begin their new chapter. We shadow them as he cautiously takes us there, he lets us peek inside the portal but doesn’t make us feel a crowd.
Love and work is a quality album because Graham has given himself wholly to it, brought it alive and made it real. As a listener I feel gifted to be part of his work and connected to the element of him that feels in such a good place at this time of his life. He has captured the essence of time through his expression of lyrics and music and you can empathise with him so well. Love it.
29th June 2012