Guest Review by Dan Robinson aka EtherGun of the X-Ray Poetz
So, I like this guy, he’s onto something. The song and video is Shelter.
Lights up, we see him in a lo-tech concrete domicile unit, cement walls, dog, penning the words. It’s how it should be, what I myself was looking for when I moved to New York to be a rock musician. But Johnnie has moved from West New York to LA to do the thing.
Music whirrs in the background, as if headphones were left out on the toaster, then kicks in for real, and there we go. There’s the band, like jamming in the world’s last bomb shelter with a working outlet.
And then with a steely look Johnnie roams the world. He sees the world, meets up with the other band members on the mean streets. Nice dark look to the video, some slo-mo, red filters, some blurriness here and there make it float in time, float in location. Johnny throws a blurry frisbee. This is Anytown, this town has happened before, and now is happening again. What is this place, Anytown, all about? The video isn’t about drama or plot -- it’s having a good time with the attitude that’s the draw here. It is, refreshingly, about viewpoint. It’s mostly Anytown shots, Johnnie’s multihued Mohawk against the sun, the guys in the band, the song.
Cool song. Nice sloppy, bracing groove -- lockstep click-track playing would ruin the fun. Guitar line snakes around like a python, holding the sound together. The drums really do rock out, it all flies by in moments, stays interesting throughout.
Ferro uses his voice well, prompting thoughts of, of course, Eddie Vedder. Nothing against Vedder, but this singer just puts me in a good mood. It‘s a nice anthem, in “gold and green and red and white...”
We end with him writing on and staring at a handwritten paper on the floor. It’s now got “SHELTER” on it. Guess we’ll have to stay tuned. Meanwhile, Shelter, song and video, only get better with repeated plays.
Ferro’s new album, Cockeyed Optimism, is available on iTunes.
Johnnie Ferro--Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Bass
Kari Ashdown--Backing Vocals
A ParadymePix production. Directed by Robyn August
For more information on Johnnie Ferro please visit www.johnnieferro.com
Lane Eddington of Nashville, Tennessee started writing songs when she was a child and her music today carries with it that same innocence and wonder and spirit of play that usually only children possess. Yet there is much to say about the maturity of Eddington's work which tackles large themes and makes them accessible. Poetry runs throughout her work, most evidently in her single "Tears Of This Fire," which addresses the subject of love in a very emotionally moving way while demonstrating her poetic nature. Even the music video for "Tears Of This Fire" is a powerful example of Lane Eddington's style and aesthetics which encompass poetry tied intimately to instrumentation and offers a very important glimpse into a prevalent theme of hers: nature itself.
It is very peaceful and relaxing, yet inspirational to listen to a Lane Eddington recording. She puts you right into a place meant for the sun and the trees and distant waters. Her music combines aspects of artists such as Joni Mitchell or Richard Marx and yet expands into more modern sounds of electronic and techno. She has pursued her passion for music and poetry as a lifelong endeavor, leaving a trail of many poems and songs in her path. Besides music and poetry Eddington is also a pianist, producer, composer, and dancer. Like the butterfly which graces her website design, Lane Eddington does not fly, she gently glides into your being.
To discover more of Lane Eddington's music and poetry please visit her website: www.laneeddington.com and also her Sound Cloud page: www.soundcloud.com/badassbutterfly
Deedee O'Malley is a true renaissance woman. She is an author, songwriter, musician, music producer, actress and is a fantastic singer with one of the loveliest voices around. She is a true professional who has graced the stage with such stars as Willie Nelson and LeAnn Rimes, counts Sheryl Crow and Nancy Cartwright as fans, as had her music featured in television shows like Dawson's Creek, films and commercials, and has created a unique musical style which uplifts, inspires and leaves you breathless.
A lot of Deedee O'Malley's music reminds me of some of the great female singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell or Joan Baez. She hits you with songs packed with emotion, dealing with subjects as simple as love and as complex as the holocaust. It is obvious that her works carry a message of hope and redemption, of moving forward. She is credited with writing over 1,000 songs, many of them winning awards from some very significant sources. She has won two Lennon songwriting awards, her first album was the #1 Indie CD of the Year by Music Connection Magazine and she was the Singer-Songwriter of the Year at the Los Angeles Music Awards.
Deedee has a perfect love for music because she has spent so much of her life making it. Even when she was acting she acted in over 60 musicals! When she writes, it's about music too. She's written a book about Songwriting called "10 Easy Steps to Writing a Song" and her latest book "The Lemonade Maker" is accompanied by a CD of songs. There is no escaping the discovery of passion and love for music in every ounce of the artistry of Deedee O'Malley. Her career is one filled with song and fortunate for us, she has many more in her.
For more information on Deedee O'Malley you can go to her website: www.deedeemusic.com
To get Deedee O'Malley's help with your songwriting go to: www.songwritingbootcamp.com
Watch Deedee O'Malley's "Perfect Love" below:
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