There Was A Time

There Was A Time

by Tom Pacheco
     
 
Tom Pacheco is an artist with something to say. Somewhere between a singer/songwriter and a protest singer, he concerns himself with issues ranging from the brevity of life to the environment. When the album opens with, "Under a plain smothered by shopping malls," many listeners will feel comfortable pegging Pacheco as another left-leaning folksinger with good --

Overview

Tom Pacheco is an artist with something to say. Somewhere between a singer/songwriter and a protest singer, he concerns himself with issues ranging from the brevity of life to the environment. When the album opens with, "Under a plain smothered by shopping malls," many listeners will feel comfortable pegging Pacheco as another left-leaning folksinger with good -- though unrealistic -- intentions. The remainder of the song, however, reads more like a poem, offering a prosaic rendering of the streams, grass, and sun of the plains, combining lyricism with politics. In "If I Could Come Back," the singer wishes for no more than to return as a "summer night," while "What We Left Behind" longs for a simpler way of living, one more connected to community and less connected to the television. Even when Pacheco wears his heart on his liberal sleeve, he adds a poetic touch to his compositions. "Butterfly" immortalizes Julia Hill's two-year struggle to save old-growth redwoods, while "Heroes" speaks more generally about the need for contemporary champions. Most of these tracks are simply arranged with pianos and guitars offering a gentle underpinning to Pacheco's poignant lyrics. When a track utilizes a noisy drum kit as on "What About Us," it's to emphasize the angry lyric. While political progressives will no doubt be attracted to Pacheco's committed vision, anyone who enjoys good music and expressive lyrics will also want to pick up a copy.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
Label:
Appleseed Records
UPC:
0611587106728
catalogNumber:
1067
Rank:
265069

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Pacheco   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Pete Seeger   Banjo
Steve Gorn   Bansuri
Richard Bell   Piano,Hammond Organ
Jerry Marotta   Percussion,Drums
Kevin Maul   Dobro,Lap Steel Guitar
Scott Petito   Bass,Mandolin,Percussion,Fretless Bass Guitar
Leslie Ritter   Vocals
Jay Ungar   Fiddle
Jim Weider   Guitar (Nylon String)
Steinar Albrigtsen   Vocals,12-string Guitar
Beth Reineke   Vocals

Technical Credits

Tom Pacheco   Liner Notes
Scott Petito   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production

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