Tom Kozlowski | Between Two Fires

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Between Two Fires

by Tom Kozlowski

A retro fusion of acoustic pop rock and folk, with lyrics that blend spirituality, love, loss, and introspection in straightforward arrangements not overly produced.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. Jagged Edge
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2. Like A Pearl
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3. Hunger
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4. Never The Same Love Twice
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5. Takin' A Stand
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6. Eternity Hotel
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7. Twin
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8. Wallflowers
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9. Heartbeat Away
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10. Nightingale
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11. Dreamer
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12. Girl On A Bridge
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13. The Heartache Will Stay
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14. Keeper Of Dreams
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15. Meditation
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16. Ophelia
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17. Vespers
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Tom Kozlowski is a singer/songwriter currently living in central Ohio. He is a self-taught musician, writing songs since he was ten years old, though in recent years he has studied formal composition and guitar with central Ohio composer Richard Smoot. His influences have been many, and range from folk to rock to classical music. The themes of his songs include world events, as well as spirituality, and the “inner space” we all share. He loves to read poetry and is a big fan of Flannery O’Connor’s short stories. His idea of the perfect day(aside from writing a new song) is a hike in the Rocky Mountains with Carey, where once, on such a hike, they were visited by a raven on the trail for the better part of an hour, and he took that to mean an omen of good things to come. He believes it’s best for his songs to speak for themselves, because, he says, revealing too many secrets, will, in the words of a native American shaman “diminish the power of one’s magic”.
Tom plays primarily in smaller, intimate venues, such as coffee houses, parties, and small clubs.

Although “Between Two Fires” is Tom Kozlowski’s first formal release, it is by no means his first collection of songs. He has many songs in his catalogue, and future releases will certainly be forthcoming.

"Daisies and violets withered the day my lover died
I'm cursed to wear this veil 'till I reach the other side
Where is my love for today we are wed
Rosemary blooms and these songs fill my head..."
Excerpt from the song "Ophelia"
Copyright 2006 Tom Kozlowski


Review by Gilli Moon, President of Songsalive!

Tom writes in his bio, "Although “Between Two Fires” is Tom Kozlowski’s first formal release, it is by no means his first collection of songs. He has many songs in his catalogue..." It's amazing, because this album alone has 17 tracks, a testament to him being a prolific writer. Tom Kozlowski's album "Between Two Fires" is a mix of great stories, metaphors of life, love and all interwoven musical groove and guitar laden rhythms. "Jagged Edge", his opening track, reminds me of an Eagle song, or even John Melloncamp. A catchy hook and nice rhythms, it's the perfect opening to the album. "Like a Pearl" has a lovely feel, and is somewhat sentimental and melancholy, which Tom's voice (quite sensitive yet strong) tells a woven and interesting story. Very Paul McCartney like (recent albums), in his story telling and melodies. Tom is from Ohio, and you can tell that he has a sound that would captivate the middle American audience, with echoes of roots, Americana and rock. I really enjoyed "Hunger" for its sensitivity in the music and his crisp, well done backing vocals. The electric guitar solo is not too intrusive and along with the percussion and acoustic guitars, the laid back groove is so easy to listen to. By track 4, "Never the Same Love Twice", Tom makes a departure into a blues jam and a bluesy story with a hook that is easy to sing along to. All in all, Tom is a talented songwriter and his collection of songs in "Between Two Fires" speaks of truth, good stories, nice laid back rhythms and a really excellent voice. A real pleasure to listen to.


Gilli Moon
Songsalive! President
www.songsalive.org
http://songsalive.org/members/gillimoon



By Catherine L. Tully Indie.com Magazine

This CD (Between Two Fires) by Tom Kozlowski is easy on the ears and an overall nice piece of work with a smooth feel and simple finish. There are 17 tracks on the album, and it is a very complete and well thought out effort. Things don't fall into a predictable rhythm but rather mix up in mood and presentation, keeping things moving along at an interesting pace. All songs (with the exception of lyrics to "Eternity Hotel") are written by Kozlowski. A self-taught musician, Tom has been songwriting since the age of ten. More recently he has been studying formal composition and guitar with a composer in Ohio, his home state.

The guitar work on the CD is good, and Kozlowski's voice is very pleasant -- a combination of gentle and sincere. The lyrics hit universal themes such as spirituality and world events that are very relatable; his voice presents them clearly and with emotion. Don't miss "Ophelia," which is a particularly lovely sounding track with a very different vibe to it.

It seems that whatever Kozlowski has set out to do with Between Two Fires has been nicely accomplished. Here is a well-done CD with good musicianship, expressing the songwriter's ideas and ideals in a way that the listener is invited in to think things through with him. A communication definitely takes place here as the album plays, and at the end of it all, one has a glimpse into both the artist's mind and heart.

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Ann Starr

Wait! I thought I hated folk!
I'd never think myself the girl for indie/folk style music. But a friend handed me this CD with a certain look and asked me to give it a listen. How glad I am that I did! My prejudices were happily dispatched! For one, I surmised that it would be quite a job for one voice and one acoustic guitar to carry along a CD with 17 tunes without moving me to teeth-gnashing boredom. Kozlowski accomplishes "the impossible." Not only are his songs beautiful compositions with thoughtful lyrics, but he has edited the whole with taste and balance: He keeps the listener with him throughout, always serving up something different, but related. His voice is warm and strong, yet with imperfections enough to be real. It's not a romantic voice that undercuts the crisp intelligence of the material. This is a workmanly, beautifully-crafted, and intelligent addition to my collection.
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