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CD: TOM SMITH – Shades of the Moon

Shades of the Moon
Shades of the Moon – Words – Antoinette –
New Year’s Wish – Sometimes Home – Christopher Columbus – Just Because –
Wainbow – Isabel – It’s A Funny Thing – Alternate Suggestions – To
Watch A Smile – Now and When – Sunday Afternoon – Dragon Toes
Tom Smith is one of those emulating original artists that
is in a constant state of creative development.  This CD is neither
country nor bluegrass, however it does become semblabie to an
intellectual seeking a very close encounter of the third chord.  Mr.
Smith has a largess of noumenon and he delivers, especially on the first
two songs on the endeavor.  He’s using a resophonic guitar to produce
the melodious compositions only he knows from whence they came or where
they shall go.  It’s a huge ‘dream world’ he creates, in music as well
as words.  Each composition has an introduction of ‘words’ that
demonstrate Mr. Smith’s valid world of, in his words, ‘your wildest
dreams.’  Well demonstrated in composition #5 “Sometimes Home” which is a
sometimes frantic rush….not just in the mind, but also in the fingers
as they race across the finger board of a 5-string banjo in a frantic
manner establishing ‘sometimes’ what ‘home’ might be.  The creative
‘Christopher Columbus’ could probably be better explained by the amazing
‘light’ Columbus saw arise from the sea and fly off in the clouds, when
he entered the Bermuda Triangle.  Mr. Smith, rather, ‘wonders’ what
Christopher Columbus’s wife (wives) might have said, or did, to
encourage old Chris to find a new world.  Much of the music Tom Smith
creates is ‘new world’ not only in thought, but in the manner he
presents it.  Interesting new concept to say the least.  Definitely not
for someone wanting to have a waltz around the kitchen table, but for an
intellectual wishing to know what a ‘smile’ looks like, or how
fortunate one can be if they can smile at a dream.  So it goes with Tom
Smith and his new world excursions into a world of music not many can or
are able to penetrate.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, President NTCMA – www.ntcma.net
for Country Music News International Magazine

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