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28 May 2011

EGBDF

"A triumph!"
- The Washington Post

Yes, the Washington Post may have published those words at some point about a movie or something. If it did, you can bet it was taken out of context and slapped on the movie's DVD/Blu-Ray case. But enough about that.

You're invited to take part in enjoying a new compilation of some music that spans a slice of my life -- some slightly newer songs, some older. The songs, reaching back over the last 15 years or so, were recorded as "demos" in home studios and semi-pro studios. All were recorded on analog equipment (reel-to-reel recorders, analog mixers; no digtal stuff in the signal path). 

Currently EGBDF is exclusively available for download at iTunes. (Amazon, Rhapsody, eMusic, and other online outlets should release it over the coming days and weeks.)

Below is a review of EGBDF by my friend, musician extraordinaire Bill Fowler. I hesitated to post it because it speaks highly of the music, which I wouldn't do myself. The first part of last paragraph was entertaining to me. I think it could be summed up by saying, "This album is average." I got a chuckle, although I don't exactly think he meant that. Hope he didn't, anyway...


Artists invariably create art based on what they know. They draw on inspiration from their own lives, experiences and in this case, a faith journey. Separating the good from the exceptional among musicians lies in the artist's ability to relate meaning and create a shared experience, if fleeting, for the audience.

Dean Lusk accomplishes this admirably. His music is refreshingly open and honest; a transparency of purpose in a sea of predictable refrains that seem to dominate the catalog of Christian music. Lusk's production value is high, yet unlike many in the genre, the sound isn't dripping with digital wizardry, tired lyrics or extended musical soundscapes.

Ear-pleasing harmony and mature hook development abounds. Selections like "The Answer Song", "Easy To Smile" are real sing-alongs and standout vocal performances in "Dedication" and "Wish" prove that Lusk is focused on delivering a message, not being the message.

The lyrics are fresh and self-effacing. The listener hears someone with a purpose and not just to fill space on an iPod. For Lusk, this collection of songs is a journey in faith - asking personal questions of God for which there may be no answer more satisfying than the gift of being able to ask them.

Masterpiece? There isn't one, specifically. The collection is the accomplishment. Each song tells its own story in a unique way without running together or being radically out of sorts with the next. The only downside to listening to seven well-written, well-performed songs is that there isn't an eighth.

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