Part of the mourning process, I suppose, of leaving music retail a decade ago has been losing much sense of "current."  I went from being responsible for knowing what was new and what was coming, to being ... unimpressed by anything I was hearing on radio ... quite annoyed at the methods of record labels and the inevitable results ... disinterested in new releases altogether.

That is all to say: it is really significant for me to get excited -- or even take notice -- about a new release. Here I am, though. Only days ago, Craig Bevan released a debut CD called I Think We've Made It. His CD is almost all I'm listening to these days, with podcasts being the only exception. http://www.craigbevanmusic.com/

Musically, this is almost a man and his guitar. It certainly falls in the singer-songwriter genre. Even when Bevan is joined by other musicians, their roles are clearly "accompaniment." These are his songs. You can tell by the heart and soul that shines through, even in cases where the execution is simple ("straightforward" seems like the wrong term ... "simple" is more profound).

One of the key tracks may still be available for a free download on the Craig Bevan Music website: "Feelings I Find Hard To Show." The title track is available as a music video directed by Tristan Ofield. You can watch it on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/MrCraigBevan

Being a lover of lyrics who has never played guitar, I am less able to discuss the particulars of the music itself. The words have much to do with why I've cited those songs. I'd add "Watching Over Me" and "Moments" for the same honesty, exploring relationships. I would mention one track, though, for the music in particular. In "Always" the lyrics speak to memory, but the acoustic guitar does even more to express a lingering longing. Again, dissecting guitar technique is not my strength. I just can't ignore the image in my head of a drop creating concentric circles as it ripples through a calm pool of water.

Consider the things I've intended to share on Inappropriate Conversations. I believe in eternity. I value the memory of relationships more than some might say that I should. I'm certain that we are connected to others at levels that naturally function beyond our understanding. I believe in "Always."

Tell me if you think I'm wrong, but this is a sparkling debut. Simple in all the best ways, but also clearly the start of something. Could I one day point back to this post as a speculation about a future Different Drummer? Tick.


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