A Review of the CD
"Love the Time"
by david m. bailey

"Love the Time"
by david m. bailey

Copyright 1998
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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 the Time."

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 at all.

In the title song, bailey says:

His second chorus goes: "I'm Thankful," with bailey accompanying himself on guitar, is a simple offer of gratitude. He sings: Combining social commentary with a beseechingly humble plea in the hymn-like "Pray for Peace," he offers: His first chorus implores: He substitutes 'America' for 'Jerusalem' and 'lost' for 'foe' in the second chorus.

On "Most to Give," he eloquently presents the missive of an universal homogeneity of those in pain, wherever they may be:

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: 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.

Track List:

All songs written by david m. bailey

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