Saturday, January 21, 2017

We Need to Dance in the Fire

I have known Arthur Hinds and Kathryn Hinds for several years - they are two of the most creative, energetic, loving, and just amazing people I've ever known. While Kathryn is a master of the Written Word, Arthur is quite the Bard. Coming from the band Emerald Rose, Arthur has created three solo CDs, each showing off his ability to weave words and reflections with great music. Such is the case with the CD Dance In the Fire - twelve songs that will make you smile, think, and compel you to live your life to the fullest.

From the opening title track to the end song of "Turn the Wheel", Hinds has crafted songs that will linger in your mind and soul for a long time. Rather than do a breakdown of each song, I want to talk about several of my favourite tracks. "Spirit Chant" has a nice combination of Middle Eastern and pagan influences that will have your body moving before you even realize it. The song speaks of connections between all people and the Earth - something we all need to understand and embrace. Although I love Frank Sinatra singing "Witchcraft", Arthur puts his own spin on the song, breathing a new breath into such a classic. "Set Your Spirit Free" is another song that will have you moving while giving you the "push" to open your mind and live your life. "Turn the Wheel", another chant song, rounds out the CD well with the "images" of being out to sea as the Wheel turns in all of us. Although each song on the CD is priceless and needs to be listened to repeatedly, these particular songs stuck out in my mind.

If you are looking for music to speaks to your soul no matter your background, race, gender, whatever, you need to give Arthur Hinds a listen.


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