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by Dorian Spencer

This is an fusion of infectious melodies and insightful lyrics that balance hope and despair sculpted with a voice that overflows with earnestness.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Being A Fool
4:29 $0.99
2. Garden
7:01 $0.99
3. Stay A While
3:52 $0.99
4. Drip Drop
3:56 $0.99
5. Human Legacy
3:39 $0.99
6. New Mexico
3:58 $0.99
7. Pretending It's Not Happening
5:19 $0.99
8. New York Winter
4:38 $0.99
9. Falling In Love
4:18 $0.99
10. Who, What, Where?
4:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
Though currently based in Staten Island, NY, Dorian Spencer has lived in all of the U.S. time zones at one point or another --- from California to Ohio, New Mexico to New York and many places in between.

In his early teens, on the desert hills of New Mexico, Dorian Spencer began writing songs on the piano and guitar by ear. He used the abundant solitude of the desert terrain to artistically examine his unique background and create his own lyrical voice and melodic personality. In his late teens, he flirted with the notion of becoming an actor and began playing bit parts on TV sitcoms, dramas and in film. It didn’t take long for his original love of writing and playing music to resurface. Songs began to effortlessly write themselves, seemingly jumping off the walls. His instinct to perform emerged and ignited a year of touring the open-mic scene in Staten Island, Brooklyn and Greenwich Village, New York City. He has spent the past five years building a musical identity with New York straphangers and club goers alike, playing on the streets of Manhattan and in legendary clubs, such as Kenny’s Castaways and The Bitter End. Most recently, he performed on the main stage at the 2006 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival as an Emerging Artist.

“I love playing music. This is what I want to do. I’ll play on the street, in the subway, the clubs; I’ll play where ever people will hear me.” Dorian Spencer’s music has been compared to Seal, Ben Harper, David Gray and more. Yet, his original style continues to hold true. “My style is a fusion of everything I’ve ever heard and liked. I say listen for yourself and define me for yourself. I always like to hear what other people think of my sound; a struggle always ensues anytime someone tries to box me up - but go for it!”


Sweet sounds from the underground
by Randy Abramson,
June 22, 2005

… And singer/songwriter dorian is not just a pleasant sound in the New York Subway system, he is in fact a great talent. I had my earphones on when I saw dorian at the Columbus Circle subway stop, but his calm demeanor and passion-filled expression intrigued me enough to remove the white buds from my ears. And then I heard the voice. Strong. Soulful. About 12 other commuters and I bobbed our heads in unison as dorian sang, “It’s a New York winter, worse than the last…” and perhaps for the first time, I dreaded the A train for coming so soon. I quickly jotted down the URL on dorian’s CD and proceeded on my way home, the melody of “New York Winter” still going through my head. My iPod remained on pause until I reached the second leg of my commute…Formerly a California actor, dorian writes songs that gracefully balance hope and despair and he sings them with a voice that overflows with earnestness.
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Sunday in the Park with Chows
by Barry Campbell
April 17, 2005

…Gradually, it penetrated my consciousness that Klassic Rock Guy had gone away, and been replaced by another hopeful busker. This new guy , however, was infinitely more interesting, musically speaking. He was performing a mix of covers and originals. The covers were tasteful (I heard him do a very credible version of Hendrix's "Little Wing") and as for the original stuff, his singer-songwriter chops were just impeccable. His delivery was soulful and jazz-inflected, his lyrics, confessional and sincere; he reminded me just a little bit (in a good way!) of Jeff Buckley. The longer I listened, the more I liked it. The New Guy … was a damn sight better than acts that I'd paid good money to see in New York clubs … Like I said, it was a perfect spring afternoon. I got some sunshine … ate some good falafel, and heard some great new music. Do yourself a favor - check dorian's site out.
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Hey Artist, Got a dollar...Comments on A Subway Artist
by Veronica Valasek
April 22, 2005

…Then I heard Dorian…He had a powerful voice and passionately continued to strum his guitar even as an express train screeched by…Dorian sings with a refreshing sense of honesty…Sometimes music moves you. Its not every day you get to hear live music from a person that "gets it".
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