This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 12/99
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The good news is that Tim Harrison is back with a new release. The even better news is that he has returned with an assortment of laser-like portraits of the innerscapes of human beings. His insights into the human condition, our heavenly ascents and our hellish descents, are as remarkable as is his talent for putting them into enjoyable song.
He opens with a double dose of celtic-flavored cuts, the fiddle-fueled "Maguire" and "In Dark Irish Kitchens." The latter is an imaginatively descriptive tale about about a young Irish woman's self realization through the absorption and appreciation of her environment and culture . Harrison sings:
There were stories from the darker side
Of famine and of war
Black Kilkenny stones and peat-kept bones
Bards from Sligo gone before...
Then one day out walking
A fire was in her head
She heard a whistle sound so clear
Angel choirs upon a thread
Hot breath into the whistle
She played to the moon and sun
She played until the sounds inside
And the sounds outside were one
Now each day her fingers dance
She breathes her joy and her pain
In the new mown hay or the winter's fray
She finds her own refrain
The whistles sang and the fiddles flew
The pipers piped in the morning dew
The more she heard the more she grew
In dark Irish kitchens"
So you've been twisting in a black wind
'Cause you got hurt somewhere in the past
You've made a script to live by
Something you believe will last
It's the story for a lifetime
There's always someone you can blame
It's well rehearsed and gotten so slick
Day after day it's always the same
Get back to the healing power
Back to the healing power
Back to the power in your soul
One day you'll forget to remember
What your old plot was all about
You'll be caught in a spotlight
And there will be no way out
Someone sailed a deep ocean
Where they'd never been before
Someone climbed a big mountain
And never looked back anymore
You are a child of your god
It doesn't serve if you stay small
Don't be afraid to let your light shine
Don't be afraid to stand up tall
Get back to the healing power
back to the healing power
Back to the power in your soul"
You all work for common wages
Of our most secret heart
Life goes on, some may see it
Maybe heed the craft or art
If you care they treat you like a fool
Like you're not wise to all of the games known
Still you seek towards a vision
Maybe more than bread alone
Here's to those who keep the lamp lit
Trying to find some other truth
Here's to all the ones in garrets
Who pass them on to me and you
When we move on some music may remain here
Something of use may be revealed
On giant shoulder we are standing
Now Titan hearts must take the field..."
You did not find the things you seek
Your shadow puppets did not play
I can't find the words to speak
Or even ask if you could stay
It's funny how a passion's fire
Can make flames that burn as ice
And how love makes us a liar
An alchemy to sacrifice
You can see inside this song
We once embraced as lovers do
And the pictures that went wrong
Are mirrors inside me and you
The years go by the stories end
The we start all over anew
And if you ever ask a friend
Yes sometimes I think of you"
Harrison on lead vocals, 6 and 12 string guitars, piano and mandola is backed by Dennis Pendrith on bass; Al Cross on drums and percussion; Gary Craig on drums and percussion; Joao Carvalho on mandola; Chris Quinn on banjo; Kim Deschamps on dobro and steel guitar; Zeke Mazurek on fiddle; Rick Fielding on mandolin; Rick Whitelaw on flat-picked guitar; Loretto Reid on penny whistle and concertina; Chris Whiteley on trumpet; Chris Gale on saxophone; Jack Breakfast on piano; Kevin Gould on accordion, hammond organ and background vocals; Beverly Kreller on background vocals; Dee Potter on background vocals; Liane de Lotbiniere on background vocals; and Mose Scarlett on background vocals.
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