richard cortez | craving something beautiful

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craving something beautiful

by richard cortez

\"lyrically raw and uncensored, the album showcases the voice of a heartbroken but determined cortez striving to find meaning in the crowded streets of new york city as he leaves the only love hes ever known.\"
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  Song Share Time Download
1. it's over
5:44 $0.99
2. unsure waters
5:50 $0.99
3. craving something beautiful
5:04 $0.99
4. asshole (live)
4:20 $0.99
5. the song for when everyone's gone
6:21 $0.99
6. of thee i sing
3:15 $0.99
7. big brown overcoat
4:56 $0.99
8. nick's song
4:31 $0.99
9. implode
6:00 $0.99
10. paradox
2:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
known mostly for his infamous first single, craving something beautiful, (or, \"the \'smoking pot and watching cartoons\' song\"), which appeared on cortez\'s first full-length studio album, it was clear from the get-go that richard cortez was not your average recording artist. the record, appropriately entitled \"craving something beautiful,\" started appearing for sale online and in small gay retail shops in the summer of \'05, and has become somewhat of a gay folk cult classic. lyrically raw and uncensored, the album showcases the voice of a heartbroken but determined cortez striving to find meaning in the crowded streets of new york city as he leaves the only love hes ever known. from its catchy title track to the intricate string arrangements written by cortez himself, craving something beautiful was a major success and helped put both richard cortez and wollenberg records on the map.

the follow is a review written by Bill Russell (writer of the broadway musicals pageant, sideshow, and elegies for angels, punks and raging queens) after recieving a copy of \"craving something beautiful\"

\"Richard Cortez gives me hope for the future. Not easy to come by in these - the Great Dark Ages of the Christian Right, Dubya and all the others who wish gay people would just go away.

Well, we\'re not - not with voices like Richard\'s to tell our stories, sing our songs and express our feelings.

Which is not to say, by any means, that Mr. Cortez\' impressive debut c.d. will only appeal to a gay audience. This is superb song-writing, singing and musicianship that should grab anyone who has ever had or aspired to a relationship or simply likes to kick back and listen to a compelling new voice.

The songs, which echo Dylan and Joni Mitchell while standing perfectly well on their own (no small feat!), do focus mostly on the difficulty of connecting. But never in a generic way. Each evokes a specific circumstance, inspired by a specific person (or so I imagine). And though many concern heartbreak, they often do so with quirky and amusing imagery carried along by catchy tunes that are accessible without falling into cliché.

There is one overtly political cut called \"Of Thee I Sing\" and it\'s good to know Mr. Cortez\' concerns (and hopefully the generation he represents) aren\'t only limited to the personal.

The personal is political, of course, and that comes through loud and clear simply by the fact that these are the musings of a gay artist (not that he hits you over the head with it). Everything from the cover art to the lyrics evokes the feeling these were inspired by trying to work it out with other guys (though it\'s perfectly possible for straight fans to change some pronouns or just imagine these were written about their relationships, just like gay people have done for years and years with hetero love songs.)

Could this accomplished c.d. herald a return to the excitement and elevated consciousness of the best of the 60\'s musical revolution? I hope so.

In the meantime, move over, Rufus. There\'s an important new singer/songwriter in Gaytown.\"



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Adam T.

Nothing Short Of Amazing
Craving Something Beautiful is a very very intricate debut cd from Richard Cortez. I purchased this cd and was amazed by the honesty in the lyrics. "The Song For When Everyone's Gone" is amazing and a personal favorite and "Asshole" is another personal favorite just because it is funny and light while still having a good deal of admiration. I have to say a highlight from the album for me is "Unsure Waters" because I love his voice especially on this track, the vibrato is enough to make you tremble. I have been listening to him for a while now and am very happy to see a fresh new artist with such a respect for the art of music. Buy this album!

Nick Kewney

Great recording
I found Richard by accident on YouTube and am so glad I did. I want to listen to this over and over and over again. Great piece of work!

Corinne Gallet de St. Aurin

It's an amazing piece of artwork!
This CD is awesome. I can't pick a favorite song because I love them all. They each offer something different. This CD has romance, politics and life all wrapped into one CD.

Emily Konkler

Richard never ceases to amaze me...
Everytime I'm with Richard I get the pleasure of getting a private concert. Everytime I'm away from Richard which is more often then I'd like...I HAVE to listen to his cds. His lyrics get stronger, his music gets more astounding, this is by far the best work yet...which is saying a lot. I suggest Nick's Song. I've never heard the words "So fuckin beautiful" spoken with more heart. It's beautiful.. CAUTION...his next cd is killer...get ready folks....AMAZING


This CD is amazing. This has to be one of the most honest CDs I have ever listened to. You can tell that each song comes from his heart, and I wouldn't want it any other way. 'Asshole', is reminiscent of the humor Richard captured in an older song, 'Boyfriend to Be'. It's also great to hear the audience respond to him. 'Implode' is incredibly honest. 'Nick's Song' is so filled with emotion that it drips from every line. Another favorite of mine is 'Paradox' which is just the epitome of lyrics you can connect with. I recommend this CD to everyone I know, because everyone can find something to relate to.


finally someone who gets it
my first leap into folk music in quite sometimes leaves me breathless at the end of each track. who are you richard cortez and where have you been for the last 10 years of my life! craving something beautiful sucessfully captures the most initmate details of the struggle and triumph that we as men endure and fight for every step of the way in our quest for love. i found myself dazed and speechless more than once while listening to this record. the lyrics embody an uncanny parallel to so much that is the life of a single man that it's nice to know that i'm not alone in how i feel on any given day. thank you richard for putting down in words.


Richard Cortez owns my LIFE!
i'm gonna keep this short, but this is an amazing CD and one of my best purchases in the last 2 years. richard does something amazing when he sings, in that, there's a level of intense intimacy infused into his prose and the tone of his voice, that makes you feel like he's playing a song just to you (after sex). Richard rox my sox!


Nothing short of amazing
Very rarely can one listen to a cd and feel as if their own life has become a musical soundtrack. Lyrics alone will melt the heart while the voice is an automatic trip into a daydream. Mr. Cortez is unbelievable. His soul plays out on every note and every word. This is a cd unmatched by any other.