Not Far Now

Not Far Now

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by Richard Shindell
     
 

On Not Far Now, his first album of mostly new original songs in five years, Richard Shindell continues to write and perform musical short stories that examine the lives of society's outcasts in terms of political and spiritual hierarchies. In the leadoff song, "Parasol Ants," a thief lies on the ground only to discover that, as far as the ants marching by areSee more details below

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On Not Far Now, his first album of mostly new original songs in five years, Richard Shindell continues to write and perform musical short stories that examine the lives of society's outcasts in terms of political and spiritual hierarchies. In the leadoff song, "Parasol Ants," a thief lies on the ground only to discover that, as far as the ants marching by are concerned, he is God, able to scatter them easily. It's a good introduction to Shindell's other character studies, which include the perspective of "A Juggler Out in Traffic"; a woman who sells food to workers ("Mariana's Table"); a junkie trying and failing to kick the habit ("State of the Union"); a man in Roman times egging on his mule ("Get Up Clara"); and a lonely man on a balcony identifying with a "Balloon Man" he sees below him on the street. Frequently, Shindell is concerned with perspective, with one character looking at another. The image of President George W. Bush giving his State of the Union speech looms over the junkie in "State of the Union." In "Bye Bye," the songwriter himself attempts a sequel to the Beatles' "She's Leaving Home," but finds he can't do it: "I could bring her back to them/But that's not how the story ends." In "Gethsemani Goodbye," the narrator describes his failure to find the monastery in Kentucky where the famed monk and author Thomas Merton once lived. Thus, to Shindell, the personal always seems to have political and/or religious implications, but those associations never seem to help. There are no happy endings, but really, there are no endings at all. The songwriter simply provides precise, closely observed descriptions of the characters and their circumstances, and then moves on. He sings the songs sensitively, often using the upper register of his low-tenor/high-baritone voice over restrained folk-rock arrangements. Not Far Now is a subtle, low-key collection of musical portraits in miniature, which makes it consistent with the rest of Shindell's repertoire.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/07/2009
Label:
Signature Sounds
UPC:
0701237202020
catalogNumber:
2020
Rank:
102401

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Performance Credits

Richard Shindell   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Percussion,Piano,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Cajon,Piano Strings,Guitar (12 String Electric),Vocal Harmony
David Sancious   Piano
Lucy Kaplansky   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Mark Dann   Electric Bass
Lisa Gutkin   Baritone Violin
Steve Holley   Drums,Tambourine,Claves,Cajon,Shaker,cowbell
Viktor Krauss   Acoustic Bass
Dennis McDermott   Percussion,Drums
Brian Mitchell   Hammond B3
John Putnam   Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,tiple
Lincoln Schleifer   Electric Bass
Ben Wittman   Percussion,Cymbals,Drums,Tom-Tom,Shaker
Brian John Mitchell   Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Seth Glier   Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Sara Milonovich   Violin,Viola,Vocals,Electric Violin,Baritone Violin,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Richard Shindell   Composer,Engineer,Audio Production
Silvio Rodríguez   Composer
Greg Anderson   Audio Production
Dave Carter   Composer
Mark Dann   Engineer
Viktor Krauss   Engineer
Rich Lamb   Engineer
Lincoln Schleifer   Engineer
Sara Milonovich   Engineer,String Arrangements

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