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Michael Roderick | Open Letters

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Open Letters

by Michael Roderick

Both eclectic and organic; driven folk music, punctuated with jazz and rock, enfolding honest and meaningful songwriting.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Jazz
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1. The Few Years That Remain
5:08 album only
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2. Let the Burden Burn
3:49 album only
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3. Unspoken Understanding in Between
3:18 album only
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4. All the Space I Have
7:33 album only
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5. For Mike
6:24 album only
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6. What We Were Writing
4:00 album only
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7. For Zhenya
4:46 album only
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8. Yesterday's Battle
5:05 album only
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9. Ever Faithful
4:14 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Probably the most succinct fan description of the music of Michael Roderick to date is "Billy Joel and Steely Dan on a night out with Joni Mitchell", with "...it's like Michael Card on acid" coming in as a close second. "Open Letters", Roderick's debut recording, may not make you get up and dance (though some rare instances of this have been reported), but it's likely to make you sit down and think.

"Open Letters" is the work of a vocal Christian and a solid musician unabashedly in search of truth and committed to the creation of good art. The "Christian" music industry produces precious little worth hearing, much like the modern American church, and Roderick is on the path to bringing substantive art back into Christian American culture. Fans of Roderick's music can be found both inside and outside the Christian community, as the music he makes is the music of the human condition; the music stands on its own merits as artistic creation.

The album artwork was created entirely from original photography by painter and graphic artist Jen Roderick, his wife of two years. Every sound on the record with the notable exception of drums (Billy Williams), a few sections of background vocals (Betsy Kelderhouse and Ginger Singleton), and 1/2 the guitar duo on "For Zhenya" (producer Eric Myers) was played or sung by Michael himself.

Michael has established himself in the songwriting community through his ability to communicate his passions, joys, and pains with clarity, honesty and unique, tasteful (even slightly unusual) musical expression.

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Michael Roderick

I wish
I've never heard your music, but suppose that it is fabulously meaningful. I wound up here when I Google searched my name, which also happens to be yours. Please tell me that your middle name is also Anthony, and that your Confirmation name is Stephen. That would be most sweetly peculiar. Come January 22, I will have been Michael Anthony Roderick for 52 years, and I am glad of it, thank God!
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Eric Myers


This album is timeless. During a time when most new artists attempt to keep the meter on 11, Michael Roderick has managed to revisit dynamics in style, tempo, instrumentation, lyrics, and content while creating one of the most listenable albums I own. His musical diversity and passionate lyric cause you to hang on every second of this album. Most artists try to do that by keeping the intensity of physical levels all the way the whole ride through. Michael has managed keep us on the edge of our seats with interesting music and lyrics. What a novel idea!
Eric Myers
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Wally

Open Letters
Lyrically unique in the Christian songwriting genre. Imagine, lyrics with substance. I have been a follower of Mike's talent for a long time and his debut CD is just a taste of the good things to come. There are no "cheap" chops on this recording and every song is from the heart. I especially like his hymn. Keep up the good work. Blessings!
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