Shaun Cromwell | The Turning Of Clocks

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The Turning Of Clocks

by Shaun Cromwell

An uplifting meditation on death and impermanence, where Roots-based fingerstyle guitar and a soulful voice combine to make a transcendent fusion of Folk, Blues, and Jazz.
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Three Deaths
4:54 $0.99
2. Death & Taxes Rag
1:54 $0.99
3. John Hardy (Was A Desperate Little Man)
5:15 $0.99
4. Only In Your Head
6:25 $0.99
5. Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me
2:26 $0.99
6. One Step Down Below
4:37 $0.99
7. Rhythm In The Tall Grass
4:20 $0.99
8. Hope Grace Finds Us
2:40 $0.99
9. Cholla Cactus Rag
2:20 $0.99
10. So It Goes
5:37 $0.99
11. Elegy For The Misinformed
4:37 $0.99
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Album Notes
Recorded with one microphone, a beat-up guitar and many short sessions over a period of several months, Shaun Cromwell’s first release entitled “The Turning Of Clocks” is a meditation on death and impermanence. A quote from the album’s liner notes explains, in one broad stroke, the album’s concept.

“…a person who is mindful of death and impermanence progresses steadily and makes the most of every precious moment”. Lama Atisha (982-1054 CE)

While this might seem a fairly pedantic approach, Shaun sees the contemplation of life’s finite nature as largely pragmatic. “All spiritual and philosophical stuff aside, recognizing and accepting that you will die is a very practical way of loving the hell out of your life and trying to fit all that you can into that life. It’s what makes it possible to even consider writing music. That’s why I wanted this to be the underlying theme of the album; it’s not to be morbid, or profound, it’s, hopefully, very simple and optimistic maybe even uplifting at times”

In fact, each of the 11 tracks on the album is decidedly uplifting; Shaun’s deftly unique approach to roots-based fingerstyle guitar and his rarefied soulful voice make sure of that. Shaun’s interpretations of existing material are fresh and inspired; both his bluegrass tinged take on “John Hardy” and his jauntingly vibrant version of Mississippi John Hurt’s “Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me” serve as a testament to his love and knowledge of American Roots music. His original compositions, including two instrumental guitar rags, a murder ballad, and a slide guitar narrative are flowing & memorable. The album’s sparse production and stripped down approach make for an authentic presentation of Shaun’s music. The recordings are quite literally what you would experience were you in the room with him.



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Nate DeVillers

Unique beyond description
I've seen Shaun live a few times, and I have to say, I was still vastly impressed by this recording. It is a incredibly personal experience with a unique and soulful musician. It was on repeat in my CD player for a week, and not many albums get that kind of treatment, particularly folksy/bluesy ones (coming from an industrial/hard rock fan). Do yourself a favor and buy it now. You deserve it.

Beverly Baker

I cannot wait for your next CD to come out. You deserve the best, and everyone needs to know about you. You are a true artist.

John How

Well I had the pleasure of a private concert recently while Shaun tried out one of my guitars/ I had not heard the CD yet nor had I heard Shaun's voice, just his guitar playing prowess. I knew he was very good. He gave me a copy of his CD and it was a day or so before I got a chance to listen. I was completely blown away. His voice is fantastic and his songwriting is second to none. There is not a weak tune on the disc. It is just mind blowing. I had to buy a couple more to share with my friends.
I hope I get the chance to run into you again some day, John

Empty Sea

Great Music! Wonderful guitar playing and strong vocals!
Earthy, sincere and moving. Simple production (like you were linsenting to Shaun at a party in your living room). Bluesy and folksy with some country and blue grass hints. Nice geetar pickin'.


Shaun is a breath of fresh talent in a world of synth loops and samples. It is refreshing to listen to young musicians who can actually play instruments and still make "real" music as well as he does. His guitar playing delights the ears and his lyrics touch the soul. This is one album you'll want to keep at the top of your play list.

Gravity Engine

The best album I've heard in years.
This album is phenomenal. I haven't been this excited about an album in years. It is a true work of genius. I've listened to almost nothing else since I've bought it. Shaun is a master on the guitar and his songwriting is excellent. His soulful and unassuming voice sounds like an old friend that you could talk to forever. The lyrics are compelling stories, vivid and philosophical. There are songs on this record that are as good as Tom Waits' best. And there's no one I like better than Tom Waits. "One Step Down Below" and "Elegy for the Misinformed" are my current favorites, but "Rhythm in the Tall Grass" and "So it Goes" are very close behind. Honestly, this entire album is brilliant. Every song is a gem. Do yourself a favor and buy this record. It's worth way more than the price tag. It's one I know I will cherish for a long time.

Shannon Cromwell

go Shaun!!!!!

Tracy Newman

Shaun Cromwell's CD is now the only one in my car.
This CD is a revelation. Every song is great. Especially SO IT GOES, and ONLY IN YOUR HEAD. I've listened to it maybe twenty times all the way through already. I have it in my I-pod and in my car. I'm addicted.

Bev Baker

The Turning of Clocks
I could listen to your music all day long. Love it!

Neil Adams

5 Stars !!!!!
I love you Shaun!
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