Greg Black & the Blacklights | A Lot Like You

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A Lot Like You

by Greg Black & the Blacklights

This album is acoustic based varying in feel from americana to modified reggae to jazz featuring an 8 piece ensemble. There are swinging rhythms in a variety of tempos, some tasty harmony singing, and wonderfully diverse songwriting.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Free Store
4:35 $0.99
2. Love Don't Do No Harm
4:38 $0.99
3. Apology
4:06 $0.99
4. Salute to the Family Farmer
4:15 $0.99
5. Smile
4:33 $0.99
6. Homegrown
3:23 $0.99
7. A Lot Like You
5:10 $0.99
8. Mariposa
5:28 $0.99
9. Desert Rose
8:21 $0.99
10. Unwind
6:53 $0.99
11. Homegrown (Reprise)
1:46 $0.99
12. Love Don't Do No Harm (Reprise)
2:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
Greg Black releases his first CD with his band the Blacklights on the new independent label Sun Break Records. It is called "A Lot Like You" and has 12 tracks lasting about 55 minutes. The music is acoustic based varying in feel from americana, reggae, folk rock, and jazz. Song themes include taking care of family, friends and our neighborhoods, making a living, saying I'm sorry, loving the special ones, being healthy, and relaxing and appreciating the joys of life. If you like to move to music, there are swinging rhythms in a variety of tempos. This is a group of songs that features ensemble playing with 8 musicians contributing and harmony vocals with lyrics that may catch your ear. The layers are deep and provide a freshness even with repeated listening. You can use this collection of original music to give you some daily encouragement.

Here are Greg's comments about the album:
"I have been singing and playing music for many years and this is my first professionally recorded CD. I dabbled with the idea of becoming a full-time musician when I was in my 20s and even in my 30s. I chose to continue in different professions while continuing to keep the music flowing in my spare time playing with a number of local low-key bands (Elderberry Jam, The Sundowners, Whitewater, Planetary People, Planetary Refugees, The Healers & a few not really organized or named). I can now do what I have been wanting to do musically, namely: record and produce original music. One goal with this project is to create something that I enjoy listening to now. While I love and have played harder edged music, I wanted something a bit mellower. This recording is based on acoustic instruments with electric guitar and electric bass in supporting roles. I always like danceable rhythms and this album has a few in case you want to move to some free form, modified reggae, western 2-step, swing, or fox trot. The songs cover a wide range of topics with a common thread of our shared humanity living healthy lives together respectfully. The lyrics have risen from the well to burn passionately in my heart and I hope that you can relate and are entertained. Of course you can listen to the songs in any order, but I have arranged them in a sequence to enhance their overall enjoyment."

Here is a seasoned boomer musician bucking the prevailing paradigm of worthy new artists on the national scene only being young. This music is new and appeals to music appreciators of any age. The variety of music in this album is Impressive. It includes three songs that sound very americana with dulcimer accompaniment (Free Store, Salute to the Family Farmer, and Homegrown). Then there are four that are closer to folk-rock with reggae embedded rhythms. What is surprising is the three pieces that are jazz tinged (Smile, Mariposa, and Desert Rose). And yes, there are a couple of love songs. The sounds here are made by real people using real instruments. The sessions were obviously done with the entire group playing all together and a minimum of overdubs. You can feel the live band sound on a number of the cuts. The lyrics can penetrate your mind in unexpected ways. This effort should give all of those amateur boomer musicians the vision that it's not too late to produce some great original music.

The topics of the songs are interesting with a few being edgy like "Apology" about racism, "Homegrown" about pure food, and "A Lot Like You" about world violence. One song provides a long overdue "Salute to the Family Farmer." The song "Free Store" is already stuck in a few heads with its catchy chorus. And the love songs "Smile" and "Desert Rose" are sweet and special. The one instrumental piece is downright surprising in a jazz classical rock tinged way. And the piece "Unwind" contains an eminently lush ending. Here is a group of songs for a mellower roll down the highway or for intense listening with the headphones.



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