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  • Ron Lindeboom

    October 29, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    A few months back, one of the musicians I met here in COW over a decade ago, called and asked me if I knew a poet/lyricist I’d recommend for a new project he was working on with a film composer whose work you’ve heard in many projects over the last couple of decades.

    Jeff Cannata’s voice, keyboards, drums, and production work is always exemplary and when I thought about matching him to anyone I knew, only one name came to the front…Cindy L. Spear, in Australia. I told Jeff that if they worked together, I was sure they’d produce something profound and here is the evidence of that well-placed belief in their combined talents.

    I am so proud to have a tiny part in helping bring this to fruition. Both Kathlyn and I love the song. Doubly so when you consider that few songs work without rhyme. Paul Simon’s “America” is one of the few and now “True Voice” joins that rarified company of songs so powerful that the sheer pathos, angst, and longing of the words can stand naked without rhyme. You nailed it, Cindy. I am so proud of you and everyone involved.

    Give it a listen, bovines. See what you think…

    https://vimeo.com/472715334

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  • Bob Zelin

    November 1, 2020 at 12:10 am

    oh boy – I am going to get into trouble

    I LOVE Paul Simon’s America (and I hate most of Paul Simon’s other work). What I observe in this song is a drum machine – sampling – not real musicians. I don’t care if the musicians are terrible. There are no musicians playing in this track (perhaps I am completely wrong, and I have no idea of what I am talking about). You cannot convince me that a track is GREAT unless someone is actually playing. Someone who is creative, and chooses a drum track, and a rhythm track and makes a really “cool song” out of it, from sampling – sorry – that is not real musicians for me. Redo this track – play it with REAL musicians – even if they are not very talented – let them make mistakes in your composition – then I will change my opinion.

    Just my 2 cents.

    Bob

  • Brie Clayton

    November 1, 2020 at 1:17 am

    I know how you feel, I truly prefer real instrumentalization myself. But every once in a while, if the lyrics and singing are compelling, I will happen to like a song that is synthesized rather than played by humans. There is an exception for everything I guess.

  • Ron Lindeboom

    November 1, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    Bob, I respect your opinion and like you, I much prefer real drums — especially from a drummer like Jeff Cannata who can play like Michael Giles of King Crimson. But Jeff wanted to make a song with this sound and so he did.

    Jeff and his friends have done some great recordings over the years and this is the only one that falls in this category.

    I appreciate your feedback, Bob.

    Ron Lindeboom

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