Rupert Wates | The Lights of Paris

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The Lights of Paris

by Rupert Wates

Documenting today's world through a lens of beauty and power
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Balladeer
3:46 $0.99
2. The Day the Great Ship Went Down
4:53 $0.99
3. Long Winter Is Coming On
2:39 $0.99
4. I Can't Shut My Eyes
2:46 $0.99
5. (One for the Living And) One for the Road
2:41 $0.99
6. Oh the Times
3:15 $0.99
7. Fields of America
2:45 $0.99
8. A Song of Your Own
4:02 $0.99
9. My Face to the Morning
3:40 $0.99
10. The Time Will Come
2:57 $0.99
11. The Lights of Paris
4:25 $0.99
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Album Notes
Rupert Wates’s 9th solo album takes an unflinching look at the dangers, disillusionments and cruelties of today’s world, in which the lights of Paris offer a symbol of love, beauty and hope. On this disc, Wates’s signature sound has been reduced to the essentials of his voice and distinctive fingerstyle guitar, with color added by virtuoso musicians Adrianna Mateo (violin) and Brian Sanders (cello) in string arrangements by Grammy-nominated John Guari. To preserve the warmth and spontaneity of a live performance, the album was recorded live in the studio in just two days. Singing with the voice of the timeless balladeer, Wates takes us song by song on a journey through the shadows that threaten to engulf us, towards the faint but still glowing lights.



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An important comment on the times in which we live, done with unsurpassed beauty
It’s been said that to believe in the future, one must be inspired. Surely this inspiration begins with the music, lyrics and message of Rupert Wates’ new album which reminds us of the strength of the human spirit and sows the seeds of hope in a time when all is coming undone. ‘The Lights of Paris’ is the latest offering from this talented artist and is surely his best to date. As with his previous albums, Wates tells a story. He begins his story with the artwork on the CD cover itself. The lit skyline of Paris, the broody Balladeer, and the smile elicited as one looks at the whimsical snow globe all hint at the story he has to tell. The tale begins as he introduces us to the storyteller himself, ‘The Balladeer’ to the hopeful conclusion of ‘The Lights of Paris’ which gives us proof "beautiful things can come from painful times". Wates intelligently engages the listener and takes them on a journey of discovery. First he forces the listener to look at and acknowledge the times in which we find ourselves and to face our feelings of bewilderment, anger and confusion —no matter how difficult. ‘The Day The Great Ship Went Down’ compares the sinking of The Titanic—a ship filled with hopeful immigrants searching for the land of equality and opportunity—to the cruel times in which America finds herself today. ‘Long Winter is Coming On’ reminds us of the many small towns struggling in these difficult times and the lives impacted by these difficulties. Wates wonders what our children will think of us and what legacy we’ve left them as we abuse our natural resources in ‘Oh The Times’ and in ‘Fields of America’ he mourns for the immigrants who have worked at jobs both difficult and dangerous with no gratitude from those who have more. As we follow him through this story of pain and frustration he makes us believe that as we listen to all around us spew the language of noise and hate, there is hope as he pulls us back before we believe all is lost and reminds us we have a choice. ‘A Song of Your Own’ is a tribute to young strong women who believe they are worthy and independent and have no need for ‘learned attitudes’ and the opinions of others who judge. ‘My Face to the Morning’ is the song for the lover who reminds him that no matter what happens around him in the confusion and chaos of the times, there is always a very personal love to sustain and hold him steady. He transforms this personal message to all of us in ‘The Time Will Come’ reminding us of the love and hope we all share and for which we long. ‘The Lights of Paris’ is the final chapter to Wates’ story and the comparison of dark times and the city of lights that last and shine for ages is driven home by the beautiful finger style guitar picking at the end which sounds as if the lights are burning brightly for us all. Wates offers rare insight into this dark story but never lets us become depressed. The lyrics convey hope and the music is warm and inviting, drawing the listener in as he tells his tale. Wates takes the careful listener on a journey of discovery and helps us negotiate our way to hope. Rupert Wates is a storyteller like no other. Coupled with the virtuoso strings and arrangement of these pieces, this album is not only an important comment on the times in which we live, it is done with unsurpassed beauty.


The Day the Great Ship Went Down
'The Day The Great Ship Went Down', which is taken from the album, won the 'Outstanding Songwriting Achievement' award as a Top 5 Finalist in the Great American Song Contest in 2017, and earned a place among the 2018 Kerrville New Folk Finalists. Wates is a tremendously gifted songwriter and musician. His fingers flow along his guitar with the love and passion of a musician who is at one with his instrument. Lights of Paris takes a person on a journey of love, struggle, and then to the lights and hope of Paris. The naked honesty with which Wates writes puts one in a stupor of reflection and warmth. Precious lines in Oh The Times asks future generations for forgiveness. Poignantly the love song, The Lights of Paris, ‘of memories that once would make us cry . . . the lights of Paris will shine on’ creates an eternal glow in our hearts. One can only want to hear him more and more – on CD or live - and to continue to listen deeply drawing evocative passionate life into the open - deepening and expanding the heart and soul of the simple words: joy and sorrow. Wates is at an essential point in his music with much more greatness to come and terrific music in prior CDs. Lights of Paris CD has rave reviews worldwide.

Karl Henri

Love this album!
One of my all time favorite albums- love it!