A Review of the CD
"Love the Time"
by david m. bailey
"Love the Time"
by david m. bailey
P.O. Box 337
Hartwood, VA 22471
This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 1/99
"Kevin and Maxine’s Celtic & Folk Music CD Reviews"
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What would you do if, in the prime of your life, you were diagnosed
with terminal brain cancer? Probably very few of us would have the serenity,
courage, and willfulness to utilize our remaining time committed to efforts
at improving the world. Tilting at windmills, or seeking especially to
reach the hearts but also the minds of others, would generally not rank
high on the list of what to accomplish before life's end. david m. bailey
is face-to-face with such a medical prognosis and he has chosen to re-commit
himself to his music and heartfelt messages, with the release of "Love
A collection of 13 introspective songs offering quiet, sensitive, sometimes
mantra-like lyrics, bailey never climbs on a soapbox and lectures. His
message is, as expected, life is precious. He advocates that life's focus
should be on drawing the most from the simple things--family, faith, friends,
nature, love, and those often singular precious moments always occurring
around us that we miss because we're either focusing elsewhere or not focusing
In the title song, bailey says:
"Way beyond the now, into the not yet
His second chorus goes:
it's easier to wonder than it is to forget
If hope knows no boundaries, and faith no borderline
we can only learn to love the time..."
"...Love the time the chance unfolds before you
"I'm Thankful," with bailey accompanying himself on guitar, is a simple
offer of gratitude. He sings:
Love the time it takes to find the truth
Love the time you dance with the mystery
Love the wisdom of the old and the vision of the youth..."
"...I'm thankful for the way my son reaches for my fingers
Combining social commentary with a beseechingly humble plea in the hymn-like
"Pray for Peace," he offers:
I'm thankful for my daughter's smile too
I'm thankful for the time that brought us all together
but most of all I'm thankful for you."
"...In the school hall, another needle passed
His first chorus implores:
In the back seat, she says 'you move too fast'
On the highway, the road begins to blur
At the funeral, nobody comforts her...
...On the TV, another scandal learned
In the front yeard, another cross is burned
On the weekend, he gets the kids again
At the front door, the child wonders when..."
"Pray for Jerusalem, the turn your hearts to the west and to the east
He substitutes 'America' for 'Jerusalem' and 'lost' for 'foe' in the second
Pray for the faith of your foe
Then bow your heads and pray for peace..."
On "Most to Give," he eloquently presents the missive of an universal
homogeneity of those in pain, wherever they may be:
"...And night after night I keep trying
His last track, "Rome," is a gentle tale advising the listener to keep
on patching the daily cracks that appear in the mortar binding our hopes
and wishes together. He takes us through three acquaintances who are worn
down from hitting the proverbial brick wall in their personal quests and
advises all to keep on "cause Rome wasn't built in a day". He closes with:
to understand this life I live
I keep coming back to the same old track
Those who suffer most have the most to give...
There's a heart that's bleeding in the heartland
and another that is broken in the east
Somewhere far across the ocean
there's a heart just searching for peace...
Prisoners of Hope
Love's last refugees
If we cannot suffer together
Then our pain don't mean a thing..."
"...I suppose I should practice what I preach
Most cuts are simply acoustic guitar and vocals, but bailey does mix in
keyboards, drums, bass, and a wee bit of electric guitar through his backup
players. His voice is ample--strong when need be, but also gentle in the
more peaceful cuts. This is a delicate benediction that provides thought-provoking
music---grist for the mill for those so inclined. A man of the Christian
faith, his writing embraces a spiritual transcendence and can also be enjoyed
on a straight musical level.
But patience has never been my way
It's not the same thing as an empire
But your dreams should be rebuilt every day."
All songs written by david m. bailey
- In Your Hands (3:33)
- Love The Time (3:54)
- It Took So Long (5:59)
- I'm Thankful (4:09)
- Pray For Peace (5:34)
- Another Song (3:47)
- Your Window (4:29)
- Most To Give (3:40)
- Give Me Your Today (4:29)
- Send You Flowers (3:59)
- I Love You (3:31)
- Everything Will Be Alright (4:06)
- Rome (4:05)
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