Bob Hillman | Playing God

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Playing God

by Bob Hillman

Literate, tuneful folk rock.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Little Things
4:12 $0.99
2. Spitting Nails
3:50 $0.99
3. I Turn Slowly Around
4:40 $0.99
4. When I Wrote the Book
4:08 $0.99
5. Everyone's An Actor in New York
3:15 $0.99
6. Witchcraft Lover
3:21 $0.99
7. List of Enemies
3:24 $0.99
8. Playing God
3:33 $0.99
9. Saint Anne
3:23 $0.99
10. Salem
5:19 $0.99
11. $100 Bills
5:08 $0.99
12. This Didn't Happen to Me
3:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
Produced by Tommy West

Recorded and mixed by Tommy West Somewhere in New Jersey
Mastered by Nick Blagona at MetalWorks Studios (Mississauga, Ontario)

Bob Hillman: acoustic guitar, vocals
David Hamburger: electric, slide, and baritone guitars, dobro, pedal steel
Sal Maida: bass
Dave Bush: drums
Larry Fast: keyboards
Chris Tedesco: violin
Jason Glasser: cello (1, 8)
Gerrall Heiser: cello (6)
Tom Minson: percussion
Mike Ragogna: harmony, percussion

Photography by John Halpern
Design by Virtual Farm Creative

All songs by Bob Hillman ©1999 Lap Cat Music (ASCAP)/Further West Music (ASCAP)



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Jason A. Thomas

Clever songwriting with historical and religious themes
Playing God is a colorful, intriguing collection of songs with references to history, culture, and religion that help to bring topics to life. "Little Things" is ironic, suggesting that, unlike a Roman emperor or an obnoxious celebrity, he wishes for love and inspiration, not money or power. "Spitting Nails," "I Turn Slowly Around," and "When I Wrote the Book" express bitterness in upbeat, very clever ways. "Everyone's an Actor..." seems to poke fun at the artistic community while showing sympathy for artists and writers in their financial struggles.

"Salem" is a serious example of Hillman's apparent appreciation of history; in this case, the darker side. One line in particular could sum up the problem with much of our society, including so much simple-minded pop music on mainstream radio: "There's no use diving for pearls in the shallow part of the world."