A Review of the CD
"Sara And The Sea"
by Tim Harrison

"Sara And The Sea"
by Tim Harrison

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This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 8/01
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Swathed in loss and pain but embracing a soothing element of reflection, Tim Harrison roots through the debris of human upheaval for most of his cuts and then sets listeners back on their heels with the hymn-like "Prayer Watching." Presented with soft guitar backing, he sings in a positive vein of the unworldly but hopeful simplicity in youthful prayer:

"I hear the prayers you breathe before you sleep
as you ask God for your soul to keep
and I wonder how in young years
you found the things you say
and how you've brought to focus
things that could be far away..."
He concludes with:
"...and in your eyes the universe unfolds
as you look up when your story's told
to make sure that someone's listening
To what you have to say
to send your feelings outward
and to see them on their way..."
Most of the cuts glisten with a similar simple, quiet eloquence.

Of a doomed-to-failure, mismatched couple inhabiting the haunting "Ghosts on PEI," Harrison sings of needs unrecognized and unmet:

"...only ghosts go fleeting by
when you do not choose to live
there are only alibis
and no love can you give..."
He finishes with this revealing confession:
"...you were my lover and my foe
it wasn't easy to let go..."
The theme of lost love also occupies the canvas of both "Sara And The Sea" and "One Woman." In "One Woman," Harrison sings of another coupling--this one of a nomadic soul, whose dancing feet cause the earth to surrender and whose hair is blown back by the four winds, with someone bent on the conventional:
"...now I guess that you could say we were happy
at least I can say for a time
but the urge it caught, it was time to go
I can never use that word mine..."
The desperation of down-and-outers is juxtaposed with the catchy, almost upbeat rhythm of "Gonna Ride That Train." Singing of the state of life and mind during economic downturns, Harrison, backed by harmonica and violin, sings:
"...it seems that if you're broke these days
you're safer back at home
but just when you're back
you hear wheels on the track
and wonder when you have to go..."
Harrison, as on past CDs, continues mining the vagaries of human interactions on this release and again has unearthed some intriguing nuggets. The production is minimal but appropriate, with harmonica, violin and guitar all complementing his usual strong and attractive vocals.

Harrison on lead and harmony vocals, guitar and percussion is backed by Liane de Lotbiniere on background vocals; Zeke Mazurek on violin; Paul Mills on mandolin; Dennis Pendrith on bass; and Chris Whiteley on harmonica.

"Track List"

All songs written by Tim Harrison, except "When I'm Gone," written by the late Phil Ochs.

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