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Once Was Red

by Dan May

Infectious pop melodies and rich layered harmonies with intelligent lyrics that maintain their integrity from beginning to end.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lights Out In Tupelo
4:06 $0.99
2. It Ain't You
3:07 $0.99
3. Enjoy
3:39 $0.99
4. Roll
3:40 $0.99
5. Save Me
3:53 $0.99
6. Melinda
3:09 $0.99
7. It All Comes Down
5:11 $0.99
8. La Rondine
3:03 $0.99
9. Jupiter Rising
3:50 $0.99
10. Into The Fire
3:56 $0.99
11. Raising Lazarus
4:05 $0.99
12. Last Dance With Adelaide
3:05 $0.99
13. Give It Up
3:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
Dan May's debut CD, Once Was Red, hits the ground running and never looks back. From the bluegrass romp of "Lights Out in Tupelo" and the swampy drawl of "It Ain't You, to the hopeful urban longing of "Give It Up," May takes the listener on a ride that is chock-full of catchy melodies and lyrical storytelling, delivered in a vocal style that is as unique as it is memorable.

Singer-songwriter Dan May's career path has taken more twists and turns than a corkscrew in a hurricane. He's worked as a grave-digger, television cameraman, short-order cook, nuclear missile security guard, sold clothing in a big and tall men's store, driven an ice cream truck, delivered furniture, wrote feature stories for a daily newspaper, unloaded trucks at an amusement park, and labored in a greenhouse. All before the age of 25.
Then, while studying music composition in college, he inadvertently stumbled into an opera career that would see him singing with opera companies across the U.S. and Canada, and leaving a promising future as a singer-songwriter behind.
Cut to 15 years later, and a vocal-chord surgery that left him no longer able to meet the demands of opera. Talk about a blessing in disguise. He is now back where he belongs, writing and performing his own songs, delivered in a voice that is as unique as it is interesting.
Dan's debut CD, Once Was Red, (April 2005) features infectious pop melodies and clever lyrics that are sometimes tongue-in-cheek, sometimes filled with longing and loss, but always intelligent. All thirteen tracks are highlighted by beautiful layered harmonies, with melodies and lyrics that maintain their integrity from beginning to end. And one thing is for sure. It ain't opera.

Produced by Anthony Newett.



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Phil O

An exceptional first effort by an intelligent and gifted singer/songwriter
Dan May has a voice as diverse as the lyrics and themes of his songs. Musically, the songs in Once Was Red are marked by richly-textured, well-modulated turns of melody that are at times flowing, at times abrupt, but always pleasing. The top songs on the CD include the soaring, upbeat Jupiter Rising; the catchy Lights Out in Tupelo; the cheeky blues romp, It Aint You; and the lilting, Latin-hinted Enjoy (a real beaut). Sleeper gem: Into the Fire.

Taken as a whole, this is a remarkably cohesive, yet thematically varied first effort by a talented artist that we should all hope to hear from again soon.

M. Miserandino

An upbeat, fun, feel-good album!
I can't decide which track is my favorite, each one is great. From the jail-bustin' freedom of Lights out in Tupelo to the battle between optimism and cynicism in Melinda to La Rondine, with its beautiful melody and heart-touching lyrics, which might be the perfect song. His voice is like warm caramel (all that opera training?) and really expresses the songs well. Every time I play it I hear something new in it.


hi dan love the cd once was red, amazing songs! but then you do have an amazing voice!! x x


Fantastic cd! A must have!
This is a fantastic CD! Dan May has an incredible sound and the lyrics are very smart. From top to bottom this CD will make you want to take a trip just so you can listen to it.


An incredible cd full of soul, not country but not rock, just an awesome mix!! Great CD


A true kick in the teeth!
This is indeed one of the greatest albums ever made--intense lyrics mixed with a jazzy style that is wrapped up in the incredible voice of May. If there were more than five stars I would have gone higher! If I had to pick a favorite, it would be Save Me--the flow of that song rivals that of even the greatest artist. Dan has a way of putting the words and thoughts that we think every day into a song and singing them like he was right there when it happened to us. Beautiful album--beautiful songs--beautiful soul...............beautifully perfect


Five months and going strong.
I have had both cds for about five months now and I have yet to tire of them--and that is listening to him every day. He has a quality that most artists spend their careers trying to fake. He dominates above all other competition but is the last person to tell you about it. May is extraordinary.


I have had this CD for about a week and I think I have wore it out already. Absolutely WONDERFUL!!!


Long road trip worthy!!!
I have already used on 2 road trips in the past 2 weeks - third trip is this weekend - must have staple!!! Album is a variety of tunes - not a bad one in bunch.

Mwt Shekemet

Seasoned, mellifluous vocal; great music and arrangements. Feel good stuff!
Whether uptempo or ballad, each cut paints a portrait which invites you to step into the canvas. Well produced, versatile and well written songs, enjoyable arrangements, mellifluous vocals. Perfect "chill out" CD.
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