A Phoenix Burning

So, This is What We’ve Been Waiting For…


The single drops tomorrow, but is playing on the site.  Have a listen and toss out your opinion in the comments.  (Apparently the album is slated for March 10th.)  I’ll keep quiet for now.  🙂


9 responses

  1. I’m liking it so far. No harp yet, but loving the use of organ and tenor sax. Nice and mellow, and it sounds more along the lines of his earlier work.

    Interested to hear what you think. 🙂

    January 27, 2009 at 8:57 am

  2. I think he’s capable of much better.

    January 27, 2009 at 9:18 am

    • Welcome itsallgrey! I love it when new people come around. 🙂

      January 27, 2009 at 9:37 am

  3. spinshack

    I’m with Grey, not my favorite, all that marching just wears me out. 😛 It’s not that horrible, but hope lies eternal within my chest, some of the other tunes on this CD are better.

    The organ, kind of kewl, but not enough sax. There’s just never enough sex sax.

    January 27, 2009 at 2:16 pm

  4. Okay, here’s the thing. I remember way back when in once upon a time time, I came downstairs on a Saturday morning and Zan was on the computer and said, “Listen to this.” I listened and said, “Oh, my God! That’s that gray haired guy from the auditions!!!!” And I instantly loved the three songs he had found…Soul Thing, Hell of a Day, and the other one. (Uh, oh, I’m a bad fan because I am forgetting the title of number 3..yikes!) There was something special about each one…they were different, and so was he.
    I want to fall in love on the first listen again, and this song didn’t do it for me. As I listen it is growing on me a bit, but I’m just not excited about it. It’s okay. There’s nothing inherently wrong with it…but I just want to be able to yell, “Whoooomp, there it IS!!!!” I want to be excited about a new song…and I was….until I heard it. I agree with Ivory that it is closer to the sound of his earlier work, but to me it is a mere shadow.
    I don’t know…maybe I’m just jaded.

    January 27, 2009 at 6:16 pm

  5. Whoa….when did I say that??? Oh, yeah, I didn’t!!! LOL Zan must have been logged in as me when HE wrote”

    “i like it in a “when i am working and have my ipod on” it will keep me moving sort of way.”

    January 27, 2009 at 8:37 pm

  6. Okay, don’t hate me but here it goes. Growing up my favorite cleaning my room music was the Eagles…happy tunes I could belt without having to think about it. Years later I learned that the Eagles were at the fore front of formula rock…they purposefully changed what they as artists were saying to capture the 70’s AM playlist rotation. I just can’t seriously search them out because of it. I hear the metered formulas, the predictable turns and it leaves me cold. However disappointing the Eagles are to me, their tunes are still damn good tunes no matter how calculating. Hey some of the best formula writers I love, Carol King, Jimmy Buffet, Tod Rungren.

    I fear the unpredictable crazy man of season 5 is trying to crack a formula rather than just being an artist. He wants the biggest bang with the least amount of steps. What’s worse is he has not perfected his writing style yet to be a catchy or talented formula writer.

    I know, I know…I am just a nay sayer…however, when you look at where he has been and at a time with a huge soul comeback movement (Joss Stone, Marc Broussard, Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings) he could have caught the wave and directed it. Unless the “Got Soul” was just marketing.

    I will leave it.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    • When I go to a Hallmark store, I spend forever reading the cards trying to find one that speaks to me and is appropriate for the person I’m sending it to. I don’t care what it looks like, I care what it has to say. I pass up card after card…especially those sing songy, “rhymy” ones. You know the ones…let’s see if I can create one now:
      “I love you when the wind does blow, I need you more than you will know. I love you as the sun shines bright, I need you near me every night. Happy Anniversary!” You get my point? Some people love these types of cards, and that’s fine…they’re just not for me. And there is definitely a market for them otherwise there wouldn’t be a store filled with them. I liken this song to one of those cards. It’s fine…someone will buy it. Taylor’s voice sounds great, and yes, I too love the sound of the sax toward the end (the pretty picture on the front of the card,) but (sorry Ivory—I’m not a big organ fan. Wait…that doesn’t sound good does it?! LOL) the song as a whole just doesn’t speak to me….and I keep listening to it, hoping to love it. I still look forward to March 10th…we’ll see what the rest of the album holds.
      And Shrew, you know there’s no hatin’ allowed round here! 😉

      January 28, 2009 at 9:05 am

  7. spinshack

    That was really quite brilliantly said, Shrew. You wrote what’s been in my head but hasn’t made it to my fingers yet.

    January 28, 2009 at 12:11 pm

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