Title - 'Legacy'
Artist - Michael Johnathon
The just-released Legacy CD is an epic journey through the modern world of music, from Pete Seeger to the modern day collapse of the record industry.
Each verse is a chapter, part of the history of modern music, from Pete Seeger to Dylan, Bill Monroe to John Denver, Hip Hop to the aforementioned collapse of the record industry as we knew it.
It is a story of struggle, dreams, believing, hope, aspirations and failure. And, ultimately, victory.
It's the story of every artist facing the inevitable truth that things have changed and how it's getting harder for artists to meet their own audience.
2. 'Winter Rose'
3. 'Blue Skies'
5. 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door'
6. 'The Coin'
8. 'The Twinkie Song'
9. 'Like A Rolling Stone'
10. 'Woody's Poem'
This quite breathtakingly passionate new compilation opens with the title track, a folksinger’s life brought forth through an epic nine minute opus, and that's backed seamlessly by the quietly melodic, Beatlesesque beauty of 'Winter Rose,' and then the banjo-inspired majesty of 'Blue Skies.'
The stunning gossamer of the shortest track on the album, the under two-minute new original song 'Rain' still makes it one of my own personal favorites, and that's followed by a reworked, yet no less wistful, and thoroughly rousing rendition of 'Bob Dylan's 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door.'
Another original song is up next in the form of 'The Coin.' Another impassioned bout of storytelling that's then backed by the luscious melodies of 'Loyalty' and then the upbeat folk-Americana of 'The Twinkle Song.'
This quite magnificent album then rounds out with another ardent take on a Dylan song, this time the "confrontational lyrics" associated with 'Like A Rolling Stone,' before coming to a close with the passionate piano notes and spoken word lyrics of 'Woody's Poem.'
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