Gene Zierler | Saints and Poets

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Saints and Poets

by Gene Zierler

This new collection of songs continues the themes introduced on One Good Day. It looks back at growing up, ahead to growing old, and makes a few stops along the way to observe, interpret, and reflect.
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1. My D-18
4:04 album only
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2. First Second Chance
3:38 album only
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3. Saints and Poets
4:18 album only
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4. It’s Time To Fly
2:49 album only
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5. Bag of Bones
3:26 album only
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6. Congratulations (You’re Right Again)
4:05 album only
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7. No Safe Place
4:10 album only
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8. Nighthawks At The Diner
3:18 album only
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9. Path of Least Resistance
4:50 album only
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10. Mockingbird Hill
4:09 album only
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11. She’s A Stranger In His Mind
3:55 album only
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12. Carry Me Home
4:05 album only

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This new collection of 9 original and 3 cover songs continues the themes introduced on the first album. It looks back at growing up, ahead to growing old, and makes a few stops along the way to observe, interpret, and reflect.

I also used the lessons learned from the first project to do a better technical job on this recording. Although I worked in the same studio, everything was new since the first album – the acoustic space, microphones, preamps, and audio software. Producer/musician Dylan Fant did another outstanding job too.

Here are thoughts on some of the songs. Many songwriters have a song about their favorite guitar. In My D-18 I let my first guitar tell the story (and I played it on the recording). First Second Chance presents a few vignettes to make a point about the power of persistence and the value of fatherly advice. No Safe Place was inspired by the shootings at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007. In an interview a few days later, one of the students said “…things are different now, it seems like there is no safe place”. I wrote it down. An assignment in a songwriting class resulted in It’s Time To Fly. The idea was to write a children’s song for a scene in an animated movie about butterflies. Of course kid’s songs are just grown-up songs in disguise.

The title song Saints and Poets is based on Thornton Wilder’s play Our Town. That message about living in the moment never grows old. Nighthawks At The Diner is an interpretation of the painting Nighthawks by Edward Hopper – nothing seems to be happening and yet there is so much going on. Carry Me Home was on the first CD, but I decided to reprise it with a new arrangement on this one. Whenever I perform, this is how I like to finish the set. The three cover songs echo these themes and round out the album – have a listen.

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Robert W. Barnes

Gene Zierler's Saints and Poets
After thoroughly enjoying his first album, One Good Day, my wife and I were even more moved by Gene Zierler's latest recording, Saints and Poets. At the outset I may be biased as a retired academic vascular surgeon and colleague of Gene, who shares the same medical specialty. But I do not play guitar, sing, or compose, all of which Gene does in spades.

In Saints and Poets, Gene weaves beautiful and haunting melodies around poignant lyrics about subjects that have been meaningful to his life. Some of these bring tears to one's eyes and all make one glad to be alive and to love. I loaned the album to a neighbor family and they were equally moved by his music, and to order some copies to share with their family and friends. My wife and I will do that for our children.

In this era of pop music that often does not stir one's soul, it is nice to discover something that does.

Thanks, Gene.

Bob
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