You know, once one pops the CD into their machine and presses 'play', you are transported. The first thing you hear is the sharpness of a drum fill. 'The fill is purposely put there, at the beginning', as Rich says, 'in a way, it kind of signals an alert to the listener to make them awake to what's coming'. He goes on, 'I wanted something that would immediately grab your attention, on the equivilant of shaking you. All can immediately recognize why I wanted such an attention getting opening' he goes on, 'The song is written for my wife, in a nutshell the song is stating that even though it has been twelve years since we were married and all the thrills of the initial dating period have passed and that fire which back then seemed to burn so intensly still has not been quenched. I had my good friend help me with the rythum guitar on this one while Ignatious Oliver Much (I O Much) provided the bass.' The CD then reaches further into it's bag of tricks and pulls out the up tempoed 'Shine Your Love'. Yes, this is the same song that was on Rich's previos release, 'My Room's Cold' but this time an electric instrument lineup has been added giving the tune that certain vitality that seemed lackimg in the previos release. Softenibg somewhat up the CD serves up to us, 'If Only Someday'. A 'blue plate' special type of song this is, if this song were an actual offering on a restraunts menu, one would be expected to pay a lofty price for this cuisine. Yet, here it is included on this disc! 'I'll Take The Sun', is the next song up. Rich tells us what it is about. 'Simply put, it has to deal with the situation that consistently arises in human existence where one finds himself/herself in a situation that deems it necessary for the person to make a choice. That said person should really be careful to make the proper choosing. Just because something looks good does not mean that it's the best thing. It's like my mother always stated, 'Just because something looks good doesn't necessarily mean that it is...' To which I have added the line, '..Instead of watching rainbows, I think I'll Take The Sun''. The next selection can be summed up only by quoting from Rich's website, 'All The Time is just A SLOWER, DREAMY LIKE, LAZY SOUNDING, 'LOVE SONG'' Nothing special here, no earth shattering statements, no clever idiologies. Just a love song either take it or leave it. Next comes a somewhat obscure Bob Dylan song entitled, 'Corinna, Corinna'. The performance on this song is a total surprise and sounds nothing like the way Dylan had originally recorded it or the way Chic Corea performed it and had the minor hit with in the 1970's. Without, giving too much away and spoiling the surprise, this IS PURE ROCK AND ROLL. From here we fall into the song, 'Lament' Rich describes it this way on his website, 'A Slower type of finger playing number. The reason I wrote this song is buried in the lyrics. I guess, it's a collidiscope of three pictures of me. One, I was looking at the dead, lifeless body of my childhood friend Jeff, laid out in his casket, who had died at the all too young age of 21 from suicide. Two is self explanatory in the lyrics. As I wrote this it became my fondest wish through the lyrics that I didn't want to come across self consumed, merely writing about how I feel. Rather, it became my goal to touch maybe other people who can now realize, that they are not alone. Next comes a song, penned by Rich, that seems almost destined to become a Rock classic. The pointedly moving 'Headed Home'. As Rich himself says, 'A song that is dedicated to all of the soldiers in IRAQ and AFGANISTAN, who simply cannot wait until they are ordered to leave THOSE HELLHOLES and can once again join their families and resume their lives.' Up next we have the number, 'Maybe I'll Believe' as Rich states, 'This song asks a question and gives sort of a 'tongue - in - cheek' answer. The question and the answer are kind of both implied. Basically, they state of who can we trust? Who can we believe in? Hense the title, 'Maybe I'll Believe'. Rounding out the CD we find another Bob Dylan cover song, wait a minute. Do you sense a theme developing here? Do you think this guy likes Bob Dylan? Well if that's the case, I do not mind one bit. I also like Mr. Dylan and I believe Rich handles Bob's songs very well. This song is no exception 'It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry' is given a rock and roll/blues treatment it so rightly deserves and from there it just takes off. What truely makes the song is the outstanding,'cut through the murkiest fog' harmonica playing performed on the solo and the fade out by Rich's friend, Tom Perri. In conclusion, I would just like to say that I would make this CD one of Mick's Top Picks for 2010. Do yourself a favor by picking up two copies of the CD and give one to a friend. ...............Harry Twelvetrees, United Internet Examiner.