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Occasion for Song

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  • Audio CD (July 31, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Misra Records
  • ASIN: B0088XQCXU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,509 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom Birkenstock on October 14, 2012
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Death may be the most difficult topic to honestly, straightforwardly address in popular music. The topic is so imposing that it is nearly impossible to fully explore the one constant of human existence within a three or four minute song. Luckily for Black Swans, they tackle the subject of death not through a single song, but over the course of a nearly hour long album. The single loss that hovers over the album happens to be that of Noel Sayre, the band's violinist who died suddenly in a swimming pool. The front cover pictures the stark, imposing image of a diving board. And absence is at the heart of the album, since much of the music and lyrics are less about death itself than with coming to grips with loss.

"Portsmouth, Ohio" is the only song that directly grapples with Sayre's death, and it serves as a sort of emotional and thematic centerpiece. Black Swans tackle the subject with a hushed understatement, preferring to let the real life narrative speak for itself without a forced emotional push. The song's refrain, "Nobody's supposed to die three days before the Fourth of July," is delivered matter of fact like. Within that phrase is imbedded the unthinkable nature of death--that, try as we might, we can never truly wrap our heads around the idea of not existing. It also emphasizes the devastating abruptness of such an accident, a reminder that no one is guaranteed the supposedly requisite 75 years.

The rest of the album approaches death obliquely. Even when the subject matter seems to deal with our past, because of the shadow Sayre's death casts across the album, each song seems to fashioning a cartographic image of mortality.
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The Columbus, Ohio-based folk band returns with their excellent fifth album, Occasion For Song, out now on Misra Records. On the emotional first single, singer Jerry DeCicca describes with vivid detail the loss of violinist Noel Sayre in 2008 during a swimming accident and the rest of the album deals with his loss and his memory in an unflinching and visceral way that is humbling yet also hopeful.
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