A Review of the Mustard's Retreat CD
by Mustard's Retreat
This review written by Kevin McCarthy, 9/05
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They are too numerous to count. 'They' being artists who are called to create, despite lack of subsequent fame and fortune.
The former is an apt description of Mustard's Retreat.
Well, good for us, for we are the benefactors.
David Tamulevich and Michael Hough (Mustard's Retreat) have
returned with three releases this year and this first one is an item
that literally calls for a change in the fortune status of these
Translated: buy this worthwhile CD.
Fame will then follow for this duo.
There are numerous nuggets for enjoyment here, almost too many
to mention. "You Won't Know Me" and "(Ours is a) Simple Faith" bookend
the release. "You Won't Know Me" is an invigorating ode to personal
resolve and tranformation. "(Ours is a) Simple Faith" illustrates
'laws' to live by. Aided in resonance by an uillean pipes interlude,
this is offered:
"...There is no Hell to fear. No judgment day drawing near
Laden with visceral and earthy images of pastoral nature, the
catchy rhythm of "When the Moon Howls and the Wolves Are Still"
rocks via electric guitar.
Trust that inner voice you hear, everyday
Life's not a goal or race, it's about heart and faith
And living a life of grace. Everyday..."
Neil Young is nowhere to be found on "Harvest Moon." Instead, we are
treated to a tribute to primitive nature performed in a cappela
harmony, save for a touch of piano.
Tamulevich and Hough go across the pond with the original, UK
traditional-sounding "The Raven." Dorothy Parker's exquisitely
heartbreaking (literally) poem "Threnody" is set to music and the combination is one of unrivaled beauty.
The yin and yang of residing in Michigan is patriotically presented in
"State of Mine." "Here Comes the Snow" follows. A lament over a
relationship dissolved, it concludes with a resigned acceptance.
In chilling fashion, "Strawberry Joan" shatters the myth that fortune
tellers generally only forecast good news. " Comes A Moment," about two people
forsaking so-called 'common sense' is next. Tamulevich and Jan Krist
"...And I said 'There are those moments
The November 1st holiday in Celtic lore is celebrated with a plea
in "SamhainWish." A period of time sometimes mystically represented as
'a dark silence from which emerges new beginnings,' the humanistic
lyrics match this description. "A Welcoming" is an eloquent acknowledgement of the self as sanctuary.
when you're standing on the edge
when all at once you're outside
all that darkness in your head'
And she said 'There is this feeling
like when 2 and 2 makes 5>
when you're staring at some crossroads
and you choose to be alive..."
Tamulevich and Hough are a duo of demonstrable mature artistry.
They will continue on with their artistic calling regardless but
remember the counsel above: buy this worthwhile CD.
*** And for those who have inquired, the name Mustard's Retreat has
absolutely nothing to with capitulation to catsup. Glad we settled that.
David Tamulevich on lead vocals, harmony, 6 &
12-string rhythm guitar, mandolin and dulcimer and Michael Hough on
lead vocals, harmony, guitar and bass, are backed by Danny Cox on drums;
Maura Kennedy on harmony; Pete Kennedy on 12-string guitar, bass,
tambourine and drums; Tyler Duncan on uillean pipes; Alan Finkbeiner on
percussion; Kerrie Potter on vocal, harmony, octave mandolin and piano;
Jeremy Kittel on fiddle; Joel Mabus on mandolin; Mark Braun on piano;
Peter "Madcat" Ruth on harmonica; Jim Bizer on lead guitar; Jan Krist
- You Won't Know Me (3:02)
- When the Moon Howls and the Wolves Are Still (3:48)
- Harvest Moon (1:45)
- The Raven (3:30)
- Threnody (2:57)
- Exactly (2:45)
- State of Mine (4:31)
- Here Comes the Snow (3:33)
- Strawberry Joan (3:41)
- Comes a Moment (4:43)
- Never Wonder (2:53)
- Samhain Wish (3:39)
- A Welcoming (2:35)
- Whatcha Gonna Do? (4:27)
- (Ours is a) Simple Faith (3:36)
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