A Review of the CD
"The Wind And The Crickets...And The South Texas Moon And The Tune From An Old Country Waltz"
by Mustard's Retreat

"The Wind And The Crickets..."
by Mustard's Retreat

Copyright 1997
Mustard's Retreat Music/BMI
203 Beakes, No. 4
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
ph: (734)-995-7042

This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 9/98
"Kevin and Maxine’s Celtic & Folk Music CD Reviews"
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This fifth recording by Mustard's Retreat (Michael Hough and David Tamulevich) is an excellent collection of takes on love, loves lost, life, lives lost and the joys and sorrows of everyday life.

Opening with "Gather The Family," an anthem to caring, sharing and inclusiveness, they sing:

There's always room (and a need) for a kinder, gentler philosophy and course of action to become the norm in the world today, and this song speaks well towards that end.

"Remembering My Incarnations" is a more mystical love song with an exquisite mix of music and lyrics. The guitar play and the drums and mandolin match up well with the vocals and harmonies.

Losing love and the resulting emptiness spill forth in "Lost Beyond All Reason," with the music and the lyrics combining to create a compellingness that makes the listener stop what they are doing and listen.

"Well Here We Are" is a well-done, wistful ode on how we too often let the mundane become our life and fail to focus on what is truly important in our lives--the relationships with our loved ones and friends.

A heartfelt love song, "Soft Falls the Snow" creates images and visions too often missing in some of the more banal and saccharine-laden attempts today.

"Gone Again" is a tale about the sometimes charismatic and glib individuals who unexpectedly appear, disappear and re-appear in our lives. Bedeviled, and unable or unwilling to confront reality, these lost souls sorrowfully try to drown out or run away from their inner demons. But whenever they stop and look, the demons remain.

The cycle of maturing love of "In the Cool of the Summer's Evening" is presented with uncommon intelligence and depth.

Overall, this is a warm, insightful, adult-oriented release, full of perceptive observations.

Produced by and dedicated to Garnet Rogers, this CD contains nice touches of percussion, violin, and harmonies supplied by Lucy Kaplansky, Jennifer Kinball, Kitty Donohue and Rogers.

For the curious, the name Mustard's Retreat is the title of one of Hough's and Tamulevich's early songs, which was derived from a friend's name (Nancy Mustard) and the traditional song "Bonaparte's Retreat."

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