David Cantor | Songs of Now and Then

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Songs of Now and Then

by David Cantor

Traditional ballads, originals, and covers. Quiet enough to hear, engaging enough to be worth hearing.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Shady Grove
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2. Dreams
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3. Eyes of the Immigrant
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4. Lady Diamond
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5. License to Kill
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6. When I Was Young
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7. Urge For Going
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8. The Wild Mountain Thyme
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9. Honest Heart
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10. Geordie
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11. Your Green Eyes
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12. The Lily of the West
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13. Worried Man
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14. A.m.a. Song
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Songs of Now and Then
DAVID CANTOR
Food of Love Music – FOL-001

“I wanted to record something quiet enough to hear, varied and engaging enough to want to hear, and interesting enough to be worth hearing.” That’s lifelong folksinger David Cantor about his first CD, Songs of Now and Then. “Did I do that? Time will tell.”

The album’s 14 tracks evenly mix traditional ballads, songs Cantor wrote, and tunes by four outstanding writers of his lifetime: Eric Andersen, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Phil Ochs. Cantor does all of the guitar-playing and singing, occasionally adding harmonica.

A peppy “Shady Grove” opens the disc. Next comes Cantor’s “Dreams,” an interesting take on individual people’s unique ideal lives, touching on justice, the theme that most defines the album. Andersen’s “Eyes of the Immigrant” then describes the experience of late-19th-/early-20th-century immigrants to the U.S., with a brilliant weave of images.

Additional tunes include the traditional “Lady Diamond,” “Geordie,” and “The Lily of the West”; Dylan’s “License To Kill,” Mitchell’s “Urge for Going,” Ochs’ witty and still-timely “A.M.A. Song”; and Cantor’s two distinctive love songs “Honest Heart” and “Your Green Eyes,” his update of the slave song “Worried Man,” and his animal-rights tune “When I Was Young.”

Born in Philadelphia four years before The Kingston Trio’s 1958 release of “Tom Dooley” – the start of the folk revival, some say – Cantor first performed live at 7, singing “The Ballad of Jesse James” and strumming his baritone ukulele (he was too small for guitar) when his family accompanied him to Philadelphia’s Gilded Cage coffeehouse.

Moving to guitar at 9, Cantor spent countless hours memorizing folk recordings and songs learned from friends and teachers, later delving into a wide range of material by folksingers, singer-songwriters, and rock artists and performing at Philadelphia coffeehouses, school, his college radio station in Iowa, and later on the Washington, D.C., coffeehouse circuit. He has taught guitar since age 16. Living in Glenside, Pennsylvania, since 1996, he continues to perform, teach, and increase his play-list of many hundreds of songs.

Holding a graduate degree in literature, which he taught for many years, Cantor says, “Words have always determined songs I’ve learned and how I craft my own.”

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Susan Dujack

Songs of Now and Then
This CD is a varied mix of music, with ballads that include both traditional sounds and lyrics as well as some with throughly contemporary words and themes. My favorite aspect of Cantor's music is his lyrics.
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Jim Harris

Quiet, homespun elegance and some powerful messages
I first listened to this CD on a sunny Sunday morning, expecting a few perfunctory folk-anthems and a songwriting 101 original or two. What I heard instead was a beautiful tapestry of words and music that got inside my head, stayed with me the entire day, and made me want to listen again.
Cantor's steadfast, understated style delivers honest, compassionate lyrics and musical ideas that are simple but beautiful - talent obviously born of years' experience.
Eyes of the Immigrant made me shed a tear for all those who came before us. Dreams made me think about my own detour-filled journey through life. When I was Young filled me with fire and brimstone. Every song had something touching or motivating to offer.
A great CD for a sunny Sunday morning
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ross taylor

classic folk for modern people
David Cantor's performances here have the purity, energy and directness of the early folk revival movement. He picks a number of songs that aren't overly familiar but are very important, such as Lilly of the West or Wild Mountain Thyme. He also picks some wonderful obscurities like Lady Diamond. And then he writes some top notch ones too -- Honest Heart and Dreams, for instance. The recording is clear, the programming is good for steady listening, and his voice has sweetness, strength and character.
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Caleb Wistar

Solid guitar work, top quality recording, highly entertaining. Loved the whole a
It's unusual when an artist comes along and, for his first CD, suceeds so well at playing both covers and originals with a consistently high quality in the song execution, songwriting, and feeling. I loved this whole CD, and would recommend it to all.
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Dianne Fieri

Endearing words "Honest Heart" and love the harmonic accompaniment.
It is refreshing to listen to music that has a beautiful story with down-home music. The unique style of the artist, David Cantor and his musical accompaniment imparts a sit back and unwind delivery. And we all could use a lot more good old fashion Cantor style stress releaser moments. We hope you continue to include his music on your program. Thank you.
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