This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 4/09
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"...Til who came crashing throught he doorPossibly a companion piece but more individual and intimate, "Grandpa Built Bridges" details how the significance of real working life has been waylaid, replaced by the unsubstantial glitz and flash of the conjurers who make nothing -- those in the business of creating wealth for themselves and their brethren via re-written laws and the quashing of regulation and with 'enough' vanquished from their vocabularies.
It was dancin' dervishes galore
It was the Indians and the banking whores
Saying: 'Come on to the East...'"
"...The school rooms glow like palace halls"Better Off Broke" obviously appears tilted towards the financial but is actually more about the integrity and purpose of artistry. The killer verse:
And parks like terraced garden grounds
And neighbors covet only calls
and all the Earth is holy ground."
"...Oh child, the things I could tell youDetailing the life of the artist and the traveling musician but personifying anyone and everyone, "Swing Me Down" offers a take on the boundaries, if any, surrounding love and loving. Schmidt sings:
The things I could tell you, but you already know
Keep drawin' them dreams in the dirt with your finger
Cause singin's about bringin' that mud some soul..."
"...Cause it's the holler of the heart that leads to the making of the mindThere's plenty more of substance offered here, the rest best left for you to discover. The affection for artistry is and always will be idiosyncratic but here's a challenge: who is a better songwriter nowadays than Danny Schmidt?
It's not that I don't love you, I'm in love with your whole kind..."
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