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Good Light to Go By

by Vin Downes

Emotional, thought provoking, and soul-satisfying compositions for solo fingerstyle guitar.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Falling into Place
4:25 $0.99
2. The Flawed Heart
4:00 $0.99
3. Parting
3:25 $0.99
4. Oak Lane
3:14 $0.99
5. Each Other's Home
5:26 $0.99
6. Good Light to Go By
4:39 $0.99
7. The Red Shirt Is for Crying
3:32 $0.99
8. Belmont
4:08 $0.99
9. Dream in the Valley
4:17 $0.99
10. So She Spins
4:21 $0.99
11. Waiting for Fullness
4:02 $0.99
12. Each Other's Home (Alternate Mix)
6:04 $0.99
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Album Notes
“Vin Downes is a brilliant guitarist and a heart-felt composer.”

~ Will Ackerman – Grammy Award winning producer

“Just beautiful. I love the way you play…really fine touch…and you swing!”
~ David Crosby – The Byrds, CSN, CSNY, CPR

"Singular Guitarist Vin Downes returns with an exceptional incursion into contemporary music. This 12-track collection called good light to go by diverts the senses into a world where light and sound seamlessly converge. The consequence is an amazing, peaceful refuge of thought provoking, soul-satisfying music."

R.J. Lannan

"Vin Downes' new record is a huge breath of fresh air. Every note he plays is so intentionally placed, so masterfully crafted, and so full of heart. Putting all of those elements in front of the sonic capturing magic of the incredible Tom Eaton at Imaginary Roads Studios and you get this masterpiece. Take the time to really soak in this record it will be with us for the ages...seriously drop whatever you are doing right now and listen to it!"

Trevor Gordon Hall

"Warm and gently soothing, Vin Downes' magic touch on the guitar strings has never sounded better! Good Light To Go By could be his best album yet!"

Kathy Parsons

"You could call Vin somewhat of a "throwback" to an audiophile age when musicians labored for weeks, months and even years over an album trying to create something for the ages. "Good Light To Go By" achieves this lofty goal without question! If you came of age when Will Ackerman and Windham Hill recordings hit the airwaves, if you long for the "good old days" when the release of a new record was an event worth setting aside an evening or an entire weekend and listening over and over again on an audiophile sound system, if a musical piece is just not right if it's less than 3-4 minutes long, if you really listen to and absorb music with a passion, "Good Light To Go By" will thrill you and leave you in tears of sheer joy that Vin has brought those days back at least for over 51 minutes and 12 beautifully crafted pieces! "

Randal Meek



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Steve Sheppard

An album packed full of memories
Vin Downes is without doubt one of the leading solo guitarists around in this modern age of so called new age music, he is certainly one of my personal favourites, and as a guitarist myself, to aspire to this level of performance would be an utter dream.
Good Light to Go By is charming at every twist and turn of such lush and colourful tapestries of music, from the opening joy of Falling into Place, to the laid back vibes of The Flawed Heart.
Downes is one of those performers who can touch your soul with a delicate chord structure, or a note of emotive brilliance, very much like the offering entitled Parting, a composition that has a sense of finalisation about its arrangement, but at all times retaining its natural beauty.
My personal favourite off this great album would be Oak Lane; this one spoke to me over many years and many memories, it reminded me of my previous favourites of this fine guitarist in Street Of Sunday and Riverbend, all fine songs just like this one.
The deeper realms of emotion are touched on within the pieces Each Other’s Home, a track that was so very soulful, and of course the quite outstanding title offering Good Light to Go By, a composition dappled in sunlight, a musical ray of hope so perfectly performed, and with such a delicate touch as well.
It’s always a pleasure to review a Downes album as you know you are going to get a collection of blissful tunes and melodies, much like The Red Shirt Is for Crying, a track with a real personal touch, and the fluent and translucent offering entitled Belmont, a piece so carefully created, but with such skill and aplomb.
As we move gently across this lake of musical calm manifested into reality by Vin Downes, we come to the bankside of a track that is utterly charming and called Dream in the Valley, a piece that contains a certain warming narrative within its construction, that is so wonderfully all encompassing.
So She Spins for me was a treat, a little fun can be found within the refrains of this piece and a hint of a little folk as well, this is one of those addictive compositions that will remain in the musical mind for ages.
There is a certain sadness that starts to flow over me, no it’s not this next wonderful offering called Waiting For Fullness, it’s the fact that I am nearing the end of this quite stunning album, as for the piece mentioned above it is a simple melody of calm and serenity, one that fits so beautifully with the winter sun that now streams in through my studio window.
Our very last musical portal is a song manifested into this reality by Downes, a reprise of sorts, which also contains the talents of Mai Leisz (Fretless Bass) and Kenny Withrow (Slide Guitar) on Each Other's Home, this final summing up of the album is a real treat, and the perfect way to end the album.
One has to applaud the artist for this wonderful collection of great songs, each one a moment in time musically that I will never forget. A Good Light to Go By is an album of rich tapestries of music, creative compositional genius, combined with a certain flare for the emotive energies required to play from the heart, to the heart.
On this release Downes has achieved his goal and thus brought unto the world an album packed full of memories and pieces that will be loved for ever more, a thoroughly recommended album indeed.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Good Light To Go By" is the fifth studio album by composer/ guitarist/ teacher Vin Downes. Warm and gently soothing, Downes’ magic touch on the guitar strings has never sounded better and this could be his best album yet! "Good Light To Go By" consists of eleven original acoustic guitar solos and a bonus track with additional bass and guitar. Warm, soothing and relaxing, this is the perfect music for a quiet evening by the fireplace, for focused listening and getting lost in, to accompany a special dinner or just about anything that would be enhanced by an atmosphere of warmth and positivity. The album was produced by Downes and Tom Eaton and was recorded, mixed and mastered by Eaton at Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont.

"Good Light To Go By" begins with “Falling Into Place,” an easy-going piece that feels a bit like a leisurely walk on the beach with the sun on your back - in no rush to go anywhere and with life feeling really good. “The Flawed Heart” is a bit more introspective - simple, sincere and honest. “Parting” is a bittersweet “farewell” that comes from the depths of the heart and says so much more than words ever could - a favorite. “Each Other’s Home” expresses the comfort and ease of being in the place where you truly belong and where you can fully be yourself - also a favorite. Like the album cover, the title song is light and airy and seems to flow in warm pastel colors. “The Red Shirt Is for Crying” was composed for lyrics written by David Crosby - an exciting collaboration, I’m sure! This version is for solo guitar, though, so the lyrics aren’t included. With the intriguing title, it would be fun to be able to read the words along with the music (a very small complaint!). “Dream In the Valley” is a pleasant daydream on a warm spring afternoon - peaceful, uncomplicated and soul-healing. “So She Spins” feels like a gentle folk ballad that tells a story of simpler times and of doing most things from scratch and by hand - a very nice reminder and a beautiful piece! “Waiting For Fullness” returns to a more reflective and introspective mood, looking within and finding answers in the gently responsive guitar strings. The bonus track is a second version of “Each Other’s Home,” this time featuring Mai Leisz on fretless bass and Kenny Withrow on guitar and slide guitar along with Vin Downes. This version is also a little bit longer and allows for some wonderful additions to the music by the guest artists.

What a great album to start 2020 with! If you like solo acoustic guitar, relaxing music with plenty of substance, and/or music with a lot of heart, Vin Downes is the real deal! "Good Light To Go By" is great stuff!