Friday, May 28, 2010

Holly Kirby CD Review

Holly Kirby, the talented young singer/songwriter from the U.K. has released her long awaited first album on CD. Titled "A Woman You Don't Know", the CD is packed with 11 Holly Kirby original songs.

She wastes no time grabbing your attention on the opening track, a rousing rendition of "Tea Leaves and Old Magazines" that features passionate vocals backed by a stirring mix of guitar, drums, piano and strings. The eponymous 2nd track "A Woman You Don't Know", is a haunting melody with rich close harmony. Overall the CD contains a nice mixture of both lively and contemplative tunes. "Topsy Turvy World" is a toe tapper, while "Gold and Blue" demonstrates her Celtic influences with a lilting melody and piano accompaniment reminiscent of Phil Coulter.

A hidden gem resides at track 9. The enigmatically named "Impossible" is a tune that has real potential to be a pop hit for her someday.

You can buy Holly's CD at her website The supply is limited, and her nearly 7000 YouTube subscribers have been clamoring for her to release a CD for ages, so don't wait too long to order one.

Read more about Holly Kirby's escapades on her blog Tripping Through Violets

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Lazarus Effect

Sorry, this post has nothing to do with the HBO Documentary. The title refers to this blog's tendency to die and come back to life. It's 84 degrees outside, and my last post says "Merry Christmas". It's not like I haven't been doing anything for the last 5 months. I just haven't been motivated to post any of it. Maybe this is the problem. :)

I'm going to try to post something at least once or twice a week. Probably more like once. Maybe I'll find time to make some more music videos. I did one back in March that I never posted here. Most readers of this blog probably already saw it on YouTube or FB, but I'll use it here as an opportunity to shake the dust off this blog.

Kenny Rogers' song about a gambler is pretty well known, but you might not have heard Dan Fogelberg's "There's a Place in the World for a Gambler" from his 1974 "Souvenirs" album. Here's my attempt at it.