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The Art of Saving Lives

by Josh Johnston

11 original songs by pianist, singer, songwriter from Dubliin, an albuim of love lost, love found , the anticipation and the experience.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Winged Revolution
4:24 $0.99
2. Rain
4:33 $0.99
3. Scattered
4:46 $0.99
4. Moon Landing
4:33 $0.99
5. Completely
4:19 $0.99
6. A Light in the Dark of Night
4:21 $0.99
7. Missed Her on the Road
4:34 $0.99
8. Story of Us
2:14 $0.99
9. Midsummer with Anja
4:51 $0.99
10. Lines
3:40 $0.99
11. The Allnighter
6:23 $0.99
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Album Notes
Some artists make a debut that blitzes and fades, their best work coming with the passion of inexperience. Others do this: work steadily in their craft, gain the respect of peers; release recordings that build up a musical vocabulary; broaden their experience by diverse collaboration with like-minded artists. Then, when they’re ready, they deliver a gem.

Having already made three albums, ( Three Friends , 2001, Asylum Harbour , 2008 and The Shape of Things , 2010), on his fourth time out, Josh Johnston takes the helm with the proverbial flying colours. Josh’s own musical composition is complemented by partnerships with several song and lyric co-writers. The result is a rich, contemporary sound with reflective, well-crafted content that satisfies the listener with its intelligence and musical sophistication.

It’s not surprising that Josh is classically trained with a degree in music and has worked in musical direction, creating scores for performance in musicals and for choral works. His broad interest in music is complemented his extensive experience performing jazz, folk and rock with a variety of artists. The musicians on board for “The Art Of Saving Lives” are one and all superb artists with whom Josh has performed down the years.

The Art of Saving Lives is an album that grows quickly on the listener until its songs are on regular replay in one’s head, whether the gorgeous chords of “Midsummer With Anja”, with its wistful lyrics and aching soprano sax solo, or the smart, modern-angst reflections of “Scattered” about a dude who’s “crazy, and not in a good way”.

The lyrical unwinding of “Winged Revolution” is smooth, with a well-strung narrative and little sadness. The album has mystery, as with the splendid “Moon Landing”; love-infused idylls, like “Completely” and hope, found in the lush closing track of “The Allnighter”, which expresses the anticipation of love. Whether recounting the challenges or joys of relationships, or providing a haunting instrumental – “A Light In The Dark Of The Night”, the album delivers. Each listen will reveal another layer, another lyric, another musical touch (ears open for the flugelhorn, dobro, cello, violin, bozouki and pipe organ) that makes it one to remember.



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