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Echoes, Waves or Ricochets

by Michel Griffin

Imagine Leonard Cohen fronting The Eagles and you will have some idea of what Michel Griffin's new CD sounds like: the songs are intimate, inspirational, and romantic - fine 'chilling out' music.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. America, Come Weep
3:30 $0.99
2. Freeze the Moment
4:24 $0.99
3. Echoes, Waves or Ricochets
3:52 $0.99
4. The Valley Time Forgot
3:13 $0.99
5. Fur Elise
3:21 $0.99
6. Deep Inside the Night
3:25 $0.99
7. Don't Step on my Smile
2:24 $0.99
8. Travelling Man
4:12 $0.99
9. She
2:49 $0.99
10. Man and Boy
3:49 $0.99
11. Dreamer
3:08 $0.99
12. Pour la Premiere Fois
3:15 $0.99
13. Alice in Dixieland
2:56 $0.99
14. Evensong
3:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
Michel Griffin's work redefines the boundary between poetry and song; his music is lyrical, telling, poignant.

A compelling on-stage performer, he began writing songs as a teeenager and rapidly gained acclaim in the UK, appearing weekly on BBC Radio and regularly in clubs and concert-halls. Michel has now settled in the wilds of the french countryside, where he composes and records lovely, intimate, reflective and often inspiring music.

There are a number of themes running through the CD 'Echoes, Waves or Ricochets' - from the haunting story of unrequited love told by 'Deep Inside the Night' to the pre-occupation with the passage of time evinced by the title-track, and by 'Freeze the Moment'.

Michel's track by track summary:

America, Come Weep is a country ballad about a waitress in a diner, who is longing for the open highway, and lamenting the missed turnings on the country's road toward the American Dream. There's some lovely slide-guitar work.

'Freeze the Moment' is a gentle ballad that bids the listener to 'Take the time to feel alive'. The lyrics interweave observations about the fragility of our existence and the effects of the time-tunnel we all travel: "Lost in the freefall of your look, I see you through a kaleidoscope of all the pasts we've already shared that are shining from your face ...."

'Echoes, Waves or Ricochets': A driving beat underpins a narrative that evokes turning-points in the passage from 'the long grass of our childhood, to the loneliness of our end'. Perhaps our real legacy is the effect we have on other people.

'The Valley Time Forgot' is a lilting hymn of praise for the lovely Lot valley in France. Musically, it's a cross-fertilisation between country-folk and baroque, with soaring strings, and even a hint of harpsichord.

'Für Elise' is a love-song for a very special person. Two guitars trade riffs that evoke the hook in Beethoven's piece by the same name.

'Deep Inside the Night' paints a portait of a vulnerable lady looking to the horizon for a better deal. The musical treatment (acoustic guitar, cello and violin) is very spare, and hauntingly beautiful.

'Don't Step on my Smile' changes the mood: a jaunty, upbeat tongue-in-cheek duet. 'When the newscaster casts his news, it's enough to give an optimist a dose of the blues ...'

'Travelling Man': 'Freedom is only for the strong'. A song for everyone who feels the tension between the lure of the open road, and the safety of a loving relationship. Some lovely harmonies, too.

'She' - A bouncy love-song which tries to capture the flamboyance of the lady whose life I share - 'She's a pirouette, an arabesque/ A swallow's swirl around its nest/ She's the moment just before the smile/ Breaks into a laugh ...'

'Man and Boy': As every woman knows, there's a boy that walks behind the face of every man. This somewhat dark song summarises some of his more fragile moments ...

'Dreamer' is an affectionate portrait of someone who is always waiting for someone else to take the initiative. Swirling organ, crystal 12-strings and a gentle beat.

'Pour La Première Fois' A french love-song that starts softly and climaxes with a wild horn solo set against lush strings.

'Alice in Dixieland' is a light-hearted series of caricatures, given a Dixieland treatment.

'Evensong' - The CD finishes with a gentle, laid-back song for the end of a perfect day.

The lyrics to all the songs on the CD are freely available at www.michelgriffin.com



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Hillary Covington

ECHOES...: A hauntingly courageous view of life and love.
This is one of those rare albums where the lyrics are
as good as the melodies. Griffin combines the
dexterity of James Taylor's guitar work with the
genius of Bob Dylan's poetry. His smokey voice sings
of the joy of being in love, the yearning to follow
one's heart, the sadness of a world gone wrong, the
desire to make time stand still, the dream of what
life could be ... A lovely, romantic CD whose melodies
and imagery will start by seducing you and end by...? Well, if they end at all, it will be in haunting you with images of a world where following one's heart is the answer to it all.

Ron Gletherow

Beautiful lyrics supplemented by great musicianship
I'm sure Michel has been called the new Leonard Cohen many times, which although flattering is a disservice to his unique talent. He is fact the 1st Michel Griffin.
Michel weaves his magic like an artist on canvas, with inspired lyrics set to haunting melodies that reach deep into your soul.
The first and last tracks, "America Come Weep" and "Evensong" are my personal favourites here, although each song has it's own significance in this wonderfully put together album.

Andrea Schmidt

What a rare find! This CD transports you to a place far from our hectic daily lives. It makes you sit down and listen and forget everything else for a while. Thanks, Michel!

Roland Bowman

Like Rain in The desert. Quenches the Musical thirst.
The finger picking mixed with the variety of sounds and the excellence of the form/style plus the harmony and overall effect of this cd is pure enjoyment. I thought Russian Dolls was unbeatable, but I see that Echos, Waves or Ricochets also has that quality and care not seen often enough in todays music.

Leila May

His talent lies not just in his musical prowess but in the eloquence and poignan
I have been a fan of Michel Griffin's music for some time now and think that this is his best work to date. His talent lies not just in his musical prowess but in the eloquence and poignancy of his lyrics. It is rare to find such an effective combination. "American Come Weep," in particular, is an extraordinarily powerful song--one that I am convinced will be recognized as a significant contribution to the music world.

Intelligent lyrics and hanuting melodies
This CD says much about the artist's sensitivity. With lyrics, haunting melodies and musical style very reminiscent of Leonard Cohen, Michel draws you into his world, as he sees it. A wonderful CD!