This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 8/05
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Bob Franke is hereby enshrined into the pantheon of
singer-songwriters whose music will resonate far beyond his mortality and be meaningfully enjoyed by
In a play of words off his decades-ago second release "One
Evening In Chicago," this is Bob Franke in concert, specifically WFMT's
Folkstage. The twin lures of this recording are experiencing both a
Franke concert and, for the very first time, a collection of his
There are very, very few performers who can point to a
portfolio such as this: "Alleluia, the Great Storm Is Over," "Hard
Love," "For Real," "A Healing In This Night," "Thanksgiving Eve" and "A
Still Small Voice." All these 'desert isle musts' appear on this
The binding theme of many of Franke's songs is healing or
attempts at such. In fact, all of the above-listed songs involve such
"...There's a hole in the middle of the prettiest life So the lawyers and the prophets say Not your father nor your mother Nor you lover's gonna ever make it go away And there's too much darkness in an endless night To be afraid of the way we feel Let's be kind to each other Not forever but for real..."'Thanksgiving Eve" continues the theme:
With "A Still Small Voice," one of his earliest gems, Franke is as literate as ever.
Writing of answering a calling and heeding one's quiet conscience, he
mixes real life events and biblical references with the personal in
an oh-so-genuine look at how to live a full life.
Franke himself kindly best sums up the effect his work has on listeners, with this snippet from "A Healing In This Night":
"...There are words that change the way you look at things
There are sounds that silence idle talk
And there are songs that circle in your mind and seek your heart
and find it, and seize it like a hawk..."
Get all these and more with this CD. There is Bob Franke, the humorist, in
"Acid Polka;" a touching tune for his daughter with "Love Bravely,
Elizabeth;" the biting "Collateral Damage;" the spiritual "Source;" the
touching "Sleeping Hearts" and more.
This CD is an ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE.
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