Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Album Review: Songs From My Heart

Artist: Loren Davidson
Title: Songs From My Heart: Music Between the Worlds

Label: none

Year: 2002

Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Folk

Condition: CD case/insert good, disc good (last song skips)

Compact disc found in Key West Salvation Army Thrift Store. Powerfully emotional songs about relationships and life delivered in a refined, relaxed manner. One could imagine Loren performing these songs in a very cozy candlelit lounge while lovers dined on fine steak and gulped expensive wine. Production is kept simple to let the songs breath deeply. Voice and acoustic guitar shimmer, with tasteful keyboard enhancements in suitable places.

The two standout tracks are "Flute Player" which could easily be considered a lost Moody Blues masterpiece and "Great Homebrewing Disaster" - a story song in the same class as Gordon Lightfoot's "The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald" or Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant".

"Great Homebrewing Disaster" will keep you on the edge of your seat - waiting to hear the conclusion of a very humorous, informative, and highly entertaining true story about making a batch of mead inside one's own home. Pour yourself a cold, foamy beverage and listen to the track here, but be warned - there is one quite surprising moment in the song that will startle some listeners!

CD Track Listing - Hearts Beat, Healing Arms, Missing the Best of a Bad Situation, Flute Player, Great Homebrewing Disaster, Rise and Fall, By the Bay, Sorry About Last Night, Chicago Skyline, Slowly Roll By, Real As It Seems, Lady of the Sea

*UPDATE January 2019 - Loren continues to write songs and release music on a regular basis. View his website here and check out a rowdy 2017 live performance from the Tiki House in Key West here.