Long Lonely Journey
Yea folks! The follow up to SONGMANIA is finally here. LONG in the making, LONELY for a while in production, but in the end a JOURNEY well worth taking. Produced by Mark Howard of Lucinda Williams, Tom Waits, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan's 'Time out of Mind' fame, LONG LONELY JOURNEY shines. The opening song TAKE MY BREATH AWAY draws you in on an ocean of swaying pedal steel guitar into a gentle love ballad with a beautiful chorus. Take a listen and you will soon be singing along with this melodically and lyrically engaging tune. It is clear from the beginning of BLOWIN' IN AND OUT OF THE DUST that you are about to be swept along on a voyage of discovery. Like many of Peter's songs, it is not only a song of the sea, but also a trip on that inner wave. The lyrics that start the story, 'I was captain of the ship, and I had a pleasant voyage...' later lead to the poetic lines..... 'I was open, I was broken, I was underneath the clouds, There was nothing I did want for, nothing I could cry out loud.'... This song is pushed along by a rolling rhythm section and richly textured pedal steel guitar. Peter's unique hammer-on finger picking style and passionate vocal make this a folk/rock tour-de-force. In a change of pace and feel, WHISPERING YOUR NAME manages to combine lost love, redemption, and Elvis in a song about running into an old flame. Each is wondering what the other one is thinking and the outcome is uncertain until the last line. INTO THE DAWN is a dark and mysterious tale of an encounter between a man and a woman who find a kind of intense comfort in each other. The song rests on a captivating bed of warm finger picking and a spacy organ sound that holds you close all the way...lyrically amazing. THAT'S WHAT I GET FOR LOVIN' YOU is an up tempo, playful rocker with a Latin rhythm. With lines like 'You put a spell on me and I lost control, You possess me body and soul'... And.. 'You make me feel like your long lost child, You make me feel like running wild.' This is a fun dance tune, one of the albums many highlights. The journey continues on THE ROAD TO IDAHO, beautifully produced by Steve Goodie. Full of slide guitars and the hint of train wheels, this song paints the picture of a man in motion and his remembrance of a love affair, real or imagined. Evocative instrumental interludes and picturesque lyrics carry you along. A great song. The next song weaves 23 Buddy Holly song titles into the lyrics to explain IT'S JUST THAT YOU'RE IN LOVE. With an effective and engaging melody, the arrangement is reminiscent of Buddy's great songs. This is Peter's homage to one of rock and roll's greatest pioneers.... 'Buddy Holly is why I play guitar.' In GOD SAID, driving guitars and Hammond organ push this song from start to finish. This is a Rock and Roller with a catchy chorus. No hellfire and brimstone, but a witty journey through the maze of one man's life from the Garden of Eden to Saint Peter's Gate and back. Is that God rapping at the end? Nah! Not really. Sparse and desolate NUCLEAR WINTER describes one survivor's effort to comprehend the aftermath of the unthinkable. Was it a dream? What'll you do in a Nuclear winter? The end of CD begins with soaring pedal steel and rippling acoustic guitars. LONG LONELY JOURNEY is full of imagery..... 'On that Long Lonely Journey Many wonderful sights to see On that Long Lonely Journey You get lost so easily.' This is a lushly produced, allegorical song with a beautiful melody and an awesome vocal. It imagines the journey and asks the question, 'Are you ready to go?' Again Peter touches on the 'real' world and the spiritual world with a bullseye. This is a great album. Peter's other album on CDBaby 'SONGMANIA'