IndiePulse Music Reviews Two Tracks from Upcoming Album.
IndiePulse Music often gets very excited when we are asked to review music by artists with long history of creativity and have stood “The Tests of Time”, Howard Simon is one such artist.
In Review: Listening to the pre-release tracks from the upcoming album Western Reserve on Bandcamp, I find the spirit of the American Folk Musician is one that is most prevailing, and carries us through the storms that life brings. The track “Don’t Keep Me Waiting” is beautiful, graceful and overflows with an anthem of love and generosity. Possibly a lover’s lament, or maybe a question to the heavens of why “do I struggle”, either way, it holds a majestic and loving tone and is like a lullaby.
The second track offered “Tend The Fire” has a drifting and hypnotic melody, and is a love song dedicated to living, and whether a good life, a sad life, one of riches or humble poverty, there is a moment when devotion to what matters makes it all worth the life lived. There is a constant link to the coming of maturity, the sands of time slip through fingers and as we know, time waits for no one, I would believe Howard is urging the listener to live a just and loving life, no matter what, stay true to yourself. Some of the most stirring lyrics are in the opening of the song, I share them with you to show the power of this artists words.
“Before we go, I just want to say
You made my life a wonder in a hundred different ways
But time moves on and the years roll by
You laugh, you lose, you learn to love, you live your life, you die
But who I am isn’t who I was
I love you and I always will, just because
And who I am isn’t who I’ll be
And you are in my heart and in my heart you’ll always be
Tend The Fire, by Howard Simon
“Making Western Reserve has been a delight, and I had a blast working with a small, tight group of musicians, unconstrained by the acoustic conventions of typical singer-songwriter albums,” says Simon. “I am so grateful to Derek and Libby; to my dear friend Paul Weiss, who plays slide and helped craft the music to the title song and to ‘Lost and Found’; and to Shira Kammen, whose string playing adds so much depth to several songs. I also had the opportunity to play a bunch of great guitars on the album, including hand-made instruments by James and Luke Goodall, Alan Perlman and Tsukeyune Yamamoto, and a sweet little mid-’60’s Martin — and I got to play more harmonica than I have in decades. I hope everyone enjoys listening to it half as much as I enjoyed making it!”
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