English Rock Band
"A Summer Dream" opens with Carol's favorite song, "Springtime", a bright and sunny tune, full of fun and joy. "Come Out and Play" shifts moods a bit, as a sister calls to her sleeping sibling to "hold my hand and say `let's go'". "The Calling" recalls Carol seeing her mother at the end of the bed, and calling her. The lyrics are from Carol's perspective, not being able to understand what was happening, but looking forward to being free from the pain of her illness. The song is sad, but full of hope. "Summer of 98" would make a wonderful movie theme. Bittersweet and melancholy, the song is full of questions and a tangle of emotions that everyone has when life becomes especially difficult. "Lost" is much more abstract and heavy - again the weight of the swirling emotions and sense of impending loss is very powerful. "Last Walk" is perhaps the strongest piece (musically) in the collection - the mix of emotions being conveyed so successfully is amazing. "I Love You, I Do" is a simple love song - a reaching out before the inevitable comes. "Last Breath" is again abstract, conveying the sense of unreality that occurs when something devastating happens. Some of the sounds are distorted and "bent", creating a surreal feeling. The tones are very dark and bleak, and a tremendous sense of loss comes through. "Mama" is again reaching out, this time for comfort and peace. "A Summer Dream" closes this most effective CD on a much lighter note - full of hope and looking forward, and even moreso of the healing that only time and closure can provide.
On a personal note, I lost my dad to cancer at about the same time Shirley lost her sister, and I found this album to be an amazing journey down a familiar path. I hope composing this music brought Cason some peace, as it will certainly be a comfort to others.
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English Rock Band
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