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CD Review: Darden Smith – Everything

Darden Smith – Everything

Blessings, Firefly, Against The Grain, I
Love You, Goodbye, Everything, Love Will Win The War, Soul Searching, Me Too,
Carousel, Home, Forever, Can You See The Moon
The kick off song “Blessings” starts with a
big explosion of inspiration.  It’s a
relax kind of music encouraging us to not strain ahead, instead Darden reminds
us to search the horizon for every need. 
Sometimes the most simple is the most difficult.  It requires faith to breakthrough.  Go along in quiet trust as you listen to this
track. 
There is no greater joy, no greater wonder,
no greater fulfillment than being with the one you love.  The echo-ey guitar in “Firefly” intertwines
with the melodic, slow dreamy dynamics throughout the track.  Darden’s vocals exhibit the strength of his
love and awakening the little faith within.
Life is woven together in a beautiful yet
intricate patterns of love and purpose.  The
fragile power vocals and well crafted lyrics of “Against The Grain” simmer with
fearlessness.  This song is a celebration
of being unique and making a difference in this world .  It’s about choosing to look at life through
the eyes of faith and love, going forward and blissfully unafraid, skimming the
darkness but not going under it.  The
pleasures of sunshine, flowers, warmth and field of beauty bring joy, enjoying
each day as it comes.  It’s about
daydreams, future plans and longing for things to come as days go by.  It tells about sharing his life, his love
with people.  Vocals’  flavored with Darden Smith’s signature guitar
style which sweetens all the lessons produce in life, a life guided by heaven’s
eyes. 
Life sometimes gets so complicated,
clouding the issue and stealing spiritual vision and understanding.  “Love Will Win The Battle” gets you right on
track, focusing upon these cares to detect intrusion.  It’s the freedom to have joy and peace in the
midst of upheaval, it’s “Love Will Win The Battle.”  “Soul Searching” on the other hand is taking
strength, courage,  love and taking all
the help from the Master’s hand through a song. 
“Home” is following the promptings for each
road to take for a reason and moving into the unknown.   It is like mosaics that form the whole
picture with so many questions, doubts, fear and without those it would be incomplete.  We may see mountains and shadows through
human eyes, but if we hold the hand of the One who race them down to the ground
then we grow, we are happy, joyful and safe. 
 It’s choosing to listen and obey
to reach that place of destiny, disciplining the heart to seek after the things
of the Spirit. It’s all about resting in the presence of our Maker and not
letting the world crowd us out of His rightful place.
The singer, songwriter Darden Smith mixes
together folk, rock with country influences which chases inspiration that can
saturate your mind with wisdom, making you concentrate upon each blessing in
the midst of a challenge. 
RECORD REVIEW BY STELLA TABELON – Music
Journalist, Country Music News International 

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