The album kicks off with “Sante Fe,” a beautiful tune about a wandering bard off in the country. It sets off a series of songs about travel, dreams, and the things (and people) we leave behind. While not a true concept album, it’s like a diary of a young artist.
Hello Santa Fe, dream of dreams
I’ve come to know you again it seems
You caught me ridin’ low
Picked me up and let me go
And it’s hello Santa Fe, dream of dreams
-- “Sante Fe”
I left my dreams
In the water under the bridge
Laying on the tracks
Hoping for a sign
Can’t read nothing
But that train driver’s mind
And I pray to God
That you’d throw me a line
-- “Throw Me A Line”
It’s a crime that virtually every singer-songwriter is compared to the likes of Bob Dylan, but I’ll do it anyway. While Brian’s voice is nothing like Dylan’s, there are similarities with his lyrics and melodies. On this early release he establishes himself as a truly amazing songwriter; mixing poetry with music and sparkling bits of wisdom, just as Dylan did several decades earlier.
Highlights include “Sante Fe,” “Miss You,” “Black and Blue,” “Throw Me A Line,” and “Chariots.”
From the book Are You Listening? The Top 100 Albums of 2001-2010 by New Jersey Artists by Gary Wien
Gary Wien has been covering the arts since 2001 and has had work published with Jersey Arts, Elmore Magazine, Princeton Magazine, Backstreets and other publications. He is a three-time winner of the Asbury Music Award for Top Music Journalist and the author of Beyond the Palace (the first book on the history of rock and roll in Asbury Park) and Are You Listening? The Top 100 Albums of 2001-2010 by New Jersey Artists. In addition, he runs New Jersey Stage and the online radio station The Penguin Rocks. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.