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CD Review: Brian Lee Robinson – The Texas Side of Nashville


                          The Texas Side of Nashville
               Brian Lee Robinson
Review by Andreea Smedescu, PhD
Literature
Music is the embodiment of utter freedom.
The soul spreads its wings, allowing the artist to experience life beyond
limits and in syncope with the rhythms of the world until the universe becomes
the echo of their songs. Brian Lee Robinson defines life as a sum of contrasts,
“beauty” and “illusion”, hope and despair, light and darkness, happiness and
sadness.
Beauty or Illusion
has a subtle philosophical meaning. The illusion of the quixotic life quest
mingles with the aesthetic beauty of one’s own inner values and beliefs. And
Brian’s voice is peaceful, like the echo of Dante’s Virgil, guiding the
listener through the valley of the material world, until the soul sees the
light of music.
When one listens to his music, one sees
Johnny Cash singing “The Ballad of Ira Hayes”. In Brian Lee Robinson’s music, the
angel of harmony looks deep inside our souls, reminding us of a mythical Texas
which rises out of the ashes of folklore to a new dawn. The music goes with the
wind of reality, outlining the substance of existence. Brian Lee Robinson is a Texan
with a quest. He is in the pursuit of happiness, and for him fulfillment can
only be found the heart of humanity, and music. His love for Texas is strong,
but stronger is his determination to triumph over Time, his Demons, and Insanity.
Although people “Go Fat and Go Ugly
as this humorous song says, it is only their bodies that change. Their dreams
are kept alive by the rhythms of an eternal song of hope.
Brian Lee Robinson’s voice is strong. In an
Apollonian light, Texas is born with every strum of guitar. Nashville is
recreated as a space of memory, as a chaotic interstice of bygone past.
Nevertheless, this past is reanimated by music. As Paul Verlaine confessed in his
poetical creed: “Music before all else”, now is Brian Lee Robinson’s turn to
let his artistic creed bear the witness of the ultimate truth, i.e. “Music is
the beginning and the end, and everything else is but a shadow.” Music becomes
the symbol of a faithful companion. “That
Old Cat
” is a metaphor of consuming love, encompassing the bond of
friendship between an artist and humanity. “That Old Cat” was also real,
because music breathes the intelligence of compassion and kindness upon the
children of nature. Even the smallest animal can be the messenger of the inner
music which resounds in eternity. And
eternity is an odyssey of permanence. Texas will never be a ghost town as long
as there is a Brian Lee Robinson in this world. His music will forever remind
us that a ‘goodbye’ is just the prelude of a new encounter, and his music will
flow like the water of Lethe. People will come to drink from the waters of
harmony, forgetting about Time and Space. They will only feel “The Gone Side of Goodbye” bowing
before the power of Art. Only a true Texan has the ability to bestow life upon
the State of his sacred geography, and Brian Lee Robinson is a new Orpheus
descended to the subterranean sides of life to sing his love for Texas, culture,
and lore.

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