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A magic recording session,
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This review is from: Running Jumping Standing Still (Audio CD)
I was also introduced to Spider John Koerner through Spider Robinson. I expected quite a lot from this album, since Robinson describes it in very glowing and almost mythical terms. Well, the first time I listened to it, I wasn't, on the whole, impressed. However, from the second time to the upteenth time I fell in love with it. It's one of the top 10 albums I would have on a deserted island, just for the happy feeling it leaves me with. I really enjoy playing it while doing other activities with friends, like drinking, or cleaning, or building.
The amount of diversity in music here is incredible. At first listen, it sounds like a folk album, but with repeated playings you begin to notice that a lot of jazz, blues influence also go into it. It's surprising how well these performers work together.
The lyrics are clever turns of phrase that make you ponder, without being depressing, just thoughtful. (ie, Magazine Lady: "If you and I were to go for a moonlight swim, would you look the same when you left the water, as you did before you went in?")
Since purchasing this album, I've gone on to buy other Spider John Koerner albums, and just haven't seen the magic that this one had... There's something special here, and I get the feeling that these musicians were in the right frame of mind at the right time, and it's a gift to us all that they managed to capture it...
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Initial post: Nov 17, 2011 1:58:22 PM PST
hey! me too! I wouldn't have this album if it weren't for Spider Robinson.. or the several other Spider John Koerner albums I own either :-)
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