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A Story to Cling To

by set on edge

Emotive, sophisticated, artistic, alt-rock with lush arrangements and influences ranging from classical, blues, jazz, pop, folk, and classic rock.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Passing Into Life
6:06 $0.99
2. A Story to Cling To
3:38 $0.99
3. The Weaker David
5:30 $0.99
4. I've Gone Somewhere to Be Alone
3:50 $0.99
5. To the Woman Whose Husband Will Never Come Home
4:33 $0.99
6. Summertime (live)
7:05 $0.99
7. 4 A.m. (demo)
4:00 $0.99
8. Pneumatology
1:38 $0.99
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Album Notes
Set on Edge is the musical project of songwriter/producer/vocalist/guitarist Shannon Lewis. Founded on the campus of Ohio University with co-writer Steve Rieske (and original members Randy Kinsey and Dave McCall), Shannon's most recent line-up is more fluid.

Noted for strong vocals and passionate live performances, in Set on Edge's music hope is seen through the eyes of sadness, and faith through the clouds of doubt and questioning - in the end joy still breaks through.

A Story to Cling to showcases the talents of Pat Strawser (formerly of Rock-n-Roll Summer, Volare, Atomic Cafe, & Spoon River), Brittnye Norris Alden (formerly of Nye, & Pedestrian), Patrick Davis (of Duke Davis, formerly of Jasper Gate), Emily Beam (also appears with Jessica Fore & Derick McTavish), Steve Grubbs (formerly of the Breakheart Beat), Andy Womack (formerly of Trilobite Cafe), Andrew Thurston (formerly of Atomic Cafe), Drew Lawson (formerly of Red Letter Blonde), and Daniel Claason (formerly of Mobway and Vigilantes of Love).

Other than "A Story to Cling To", Set on Edge has released "Autumn Song" and "Sod Pottage" (both are currently out of print), and is slowly working on a 4th in his home studio - it is tentatively entitled "Sleeper/Healer". Shannon is also currently working on recording with his new band, Saint Lewis.

From Splendid E-zine;
"Set on Edge isn't a Christian band per se... the songs on A Story to Cling better into the nebulous category of 'spiritual'. There's no aggressive proselytizing, no in-your-face testaments to the power of the Lord. Nevertheless, it's quite obvious that the lyrics are coming from a religious place. Lewis has a strong, expressive voice ...his technique generally blends well with the discreet yet ornate arrangements of guitars, strings and organs behind him. However, the EP's standout track doesn't even have vocals; "To the Woman Whose Husband Will Never Come Home" is a lingeringly melancholy piano piece. The variety of instruments in the music, as well as its vulnerable optimism, will give you the odd impression that you're watching a full-band concert on PBS and participating in an acoustic-guitar jam around the campfire at the same time. ...This music expresses Christianity the way it seems like it's supposed to be: not as the religion of Sunday-afternoon ten-percent tippers and judgmental politicians, but as the quiet joy of belief in God." - Sarah Zachrich

From Ink 19:
"Expansive folk pop performed with the unassuming air of a loose jam session among friends, Set On Edge come across like a male-fronted cross between Tracy Chapman and New Bohemians, with a slight glance in the direction of R.E.M. Front guy, vocalist, prime songwriter and producer Shannon Lewis sings with beautifully constrained passion, and the band's strength is the strong interplay between musicians, the respect and understanding they show for the music they make. the center of the band's panoramic sound, lies some truly outstanding melodies." - Stein Haukland

From Phantom Tollbooth;
"If A Story to Cling To is any measure of their potential, Set On Edge are growing up to become gentle giants. ... I must warn those of my psychologist colleagues who specialize in patients who suffer from anxiety-related conditions. If this EP ever reaches your neck of the woods, and your patients happen to get their hands on it, you may eventually lose them as steady customers. ... It contains more cushion than a Freudian couch, and more healing power than seven shrinkin' Sigmunds. ... Though finding the core band members may prove as an elusive thing is clear, songwriter/producer/vocalist/guitarist Shannon Lewis is the Magi in the magic. He has the gifts of at least three wise men...His voice is pristine, passionate, powerful and peaceful. It is harnessed by a trained ear, but emancipated by a heart that pines to draw forever nearer to the fountain of God's grace. ... Each added member's touch reflects protean capabilities. These are obviously extraordinarily talented, hand-picked musicians.

Each arrangement is well executed and extraordinarily orchestrated. The magic in _A Story to Cling To_ is made complete by the deft drums of Andy Womack. He doesn't miss a beat and he's got bursting bundles of energy to boot. Andrew Thurston's 7 string bass on "Story" and "The Weaker David" show signs of Herculean strength. Drew Lawson of Red Letter Blonde fills in with fecundity on his fretless bass on "Summertime," a live, bonus track. Steve Rieske's backing vocals on "Story" smoothly and seamlessly ally with Lewis' lead vocals. Together they are bound to win battle for the heart and soul of every listener. Every trace of Patrick Davis' lead electric and acoustic guitar arrangements puts a graceful face on this musically told story, and beckon the listener to cling tightly to each strum and run.

Emily Beam's cellos combine with Daniel Claason's violas to add a comforting, if hauntingly melancholic dimension to the EP's low-key story line. ... Lyrically speaking, "The Weaker David" is the strongest link -- thanks, in part, to its soul source of inspiration, Dr. Larry Crabb's book, _The Silence of Adam_. The rest of the songs flow like prayerful poems, each telling stories of their own. Each song reveals an abiding intimacy between a devoted, if spiritually depleted, disciple and God, the divine source and open-armed recipient of his devotion. It has been said that every picture tells a story. Though this picture is still in the works, it foreshadows an auspicious, burgeoning tale of triumph." - Bruce Theissen



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Great Disc!
This is SOE's best disc to date. Shannon is a very talented musician, singer, & lyric writer... and all three shine through very clearly on this disc. All 8 tunes on this CD never really seem to grow old for me, because each time I pop this disc in, I find that I never skip a track because I've grown tired of it. Seems as though there is something new to hear on each listen. A Story to Cling To is a great accomplishment that this formation of SOE should be proud of.


emily garrett

good stuff
this music is great... very soothing and thought-provoking. lots of great instrumentation. i recommend it to anyone who likes good music!

Amy Ketchum

It could only happen in Athens, GA
A spiritual journey binding a voice with music and a heart with song. Set On Edge, I have never understood the bandname but I do know it sets 'me' on edge looking at a balanced life on each hand. On the left we have perception and how the world is seen while on the right we have reality and the invaluable experience of touching down with your spirit. Pick up the CD, place it in your player, and your journey begins. "Passing Into Life" is a great song to start this collection with; I believe it is my favorite song on this EP release with its moody music and tempermental vocals, a song about life/death and all that is in between. I could disect each song and make this review lengthy, but anyone who has listened to the samples on this artist page knows what they are in for when they buy the CD- deep honesty, sincerity, and emotion personified through song. I will mention "Summertime" since it is a classic known by most. I have been told that this version was recorded live with lots of improvising and, again, being led by the spirit- the voice of Shannon Lewis soars. The music, Set On Edge, expose a personal side of us all when we listen, it cannot be denied. Take this CD and listen to it by yourself. Absorb it. This my friends, IS a story to cling to.

Jessica Arnold

excellent indeed
Let me tell you all about 4 am. This song is amazing! when shannon played at table seven i had to buy it, and i'm glad i did. it was real, it was honest, and it made me realize that i'm not the only one in need of a helping hand every once in a while. it was truely inspiring. oh yeah, the rest of the cd was great too. it won a permanent spot in my player!
god bless Jessica from sedalia