Burt Myers | Love and the Lack Thereof

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Love and the Lack Thereof

by Burt Myers

Literate acoustic singer-songwriter with a full-band sound; folk rock with a dash of alt-country grit and energy.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Love and the Lack Thereof
3:16 $0.99
2. So Like Me
3:38 $0.99
3. Only A Fool
4:02 $0.99
4. Allison
4:11 $0.99
5. Might As Well Be You
3:53 $0.99
6. My Old Flame
3:15 $0.99
7. Bound By Blood
5:39 $0.99
8. Father, Time
3:37 $0.99
9. Ypsilanti Girl
4:08 $0.99
10. I Win, You Win
3:54 $0.99
11. Summer Love is Easy
4:47 $0.99
12. I Believe in You
3:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
“Love and the Lack Thereof” is the first release from Burt Myers, a collection of smart, catchy, playful songs written between 1998 and 2004. In addition to Myers’ various guitars, bass, and drum programming, the CD features the exquisite harmony vocals of Debra Chesman, lovely mandolin and accordion from Tom Quigley, and the studio wizardry (mixing, mastering and a few odd instrumental parts) of Will Russell and Dana Billings.

Myers started writing songs in his teens, modeled after the original late-70s punks and, especially, Elvis Costello. He learned to play guitar and continued writing through college and after, expanding his musical palette to include blues, jazz, country, and traditional and contemporary folk. In 1998, he attended his first songwriting camp (at the Omega Institute) and got serious about writing, recording, and performing. He’s since become a regular at Summersongs, an extraordinary camp for songwriters near Woodstock, NY, where he’s continued developing his writing and performing skills, and polishing the twelve songs on this CD.

Tracks include:

Love and the Lack Thereof: A song about songwriting, and favorite songwriters.
So Like Me: If there are really all these single women out there looking for guys…
Only A Fool: An aching ballad about unrequited love at first sight.
Allison: Typical male fantasy, you might say. Yes, but in a bowling alley!
Might As Well Be You: A random (or not so?) one night stand.
My Old Flame: Love for someone who’s not ready to settle down.
Bound By Blood: Another ballad, a rumination on family and our attempts to escape.
Father, Time: A bluesy up-tempo exploration of famiy, again, and death.
Ypsilanti Girl: Well, there was this beautiful woman who blew through town…
I Win, You Win: Are witty wordplay and catchy folk guitar enough to win the girl?
Summer Love Is Easy: A spare ballad about the cold end of an affair.
I Believe in You: A hopeful rocker, asserting that the guy will get the girl.



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Bob Barlow

Damn Good Album
This disc has taken up residency in my Honda's five-CD changer and refuses to be be dislodged -- not due to any malfunction in my changer, but because "Love and the Lack Thereof" is such a damn good album. Buy the album, put it in your car's CD player, drive around and smile.

Kathy Moran

The title says it all!
The title of this CD is the perfect opening song, a who's who of master songwriters and prelude to the finely written and executed songs that follow.

If you've ever had an instant crush on someone, fallen deeply in love, had your heart torn in two, or just needed a little help to get through the night, your story is somewhere on this CD. The love of family also finds its way into the mix.

Myers has a way of remaining completely faithful to classic yet timeless musical stylings and adding his own contemporary touch to them. His lyrics contains the things that real people say or at least wish they could. Sometimes the truth just plain hurts, sometimes hope springs eternal, and sometimes you get caught somewhere in between. Myers will break your heart with one song and win it back with the next.

Debra Chesman's gorgeous harmonies are the perfect complement to Myers' brushed suede vocals. They are warm and sweet, ethereal, and never overdone.

Myers' acoustic guitar always comes across clean, whether he's picking a tender ballad or driving the rhythm of one of his more upbeat tunes. Tom Quigley's mandolin and accordion round everything out nicely.

All in all, an excellent first offering from a fine songwriter who has only begun to scratch the surface of his talents!

alan ross haynes

Love and the Lack Thereof
This is music with unmistakably gut-felt lyrics, sung with powerful sincerity. A brave, rare voice in the musical wilderness.