Tears of the Moon is a beautiful instrumental CD that I was eager to review after being contacted by Nick Davis. It did not disappoint. In fact, my husband and I frequently find ourselves putting Tears of the Moon in the CD player because we enjoy it so much. This CD expresses a wide range of emotion and soulfulness, and it's apparent from the layers and textures of this CD that Nick Davis is a man of deep introspection and deep emotion. Yet, I never got the feeling that it was an emotional "free for all". Each song had it's own distinct voice and flavor. Too often, especially with instrumental CD's, you feel like if you've heard one song, you've heard them all. Not so with this recording.
Sea to Shore is a song that reminds me of Enya or Clannad. I get the sense of water gently crashing on rocks, waves breaking on the shore, gulls silently taking flight as the sun begins to set. The cello adds some wistfulness to the song, which reminded me of the end of a satisfying day.
Minstrel's Tale is my favorite song on the CD. It has a pre-Renaissance "olde" feel. It reminds me of the kind of song you'd hear during a Cirque du Soleil show. Playful notes are weaved throughout, but there is a haunting background--as if this "tale" is so much more than meets the eye. I get the image of a sojourner on a path who encounters different experiences that echoes a theme for the wanderer. I felt like this song ends abruptly, however, but it's certainly not a bad thing when a song leaves you wanting more.
Claddagh has an Irish flavor with playful high notes and solid foundation that's, well, charming for lack of a better word. I could envision friends and family in a country home or pub dancing in unison with the lively strings.
Time and Place features the piano and a very gentle melody. This song feels very introspective, as if Davis is having a conversation with himself.
Reflection is an apt name for this song. Ethereal and soothing, it's a wonderful song to wash tension from your body and mind.
Last of the Free begins with a light drum rolls and dramatic synthesizers. I can envision this song as celebrating the resiliences of the spirit, despite the struggles that life often brings. Parts of this song swell to an almost triumphant climax. But like Minstrel's Tale, it felt like it ended abruptly. Like life, however, drama and struggle often begin and end abruptly.
Tears of the Moon has a strong introspective feel that leaves me feeling like there is many layers of emotion to this song. I can almost see a full moon and gently falling rain, with palm trees swaying in the wind.
Letting Go surprised me with the introduction of mournful trumpets to the wistful melody. This song feels like a "goodybe" that is both needed--and healing.
The Light Beyond features Andean flutes that accents this uplifting melody. I was delighted to hear the Andean influence, as was hoping for more. This song is a wonderful follow-up to Letting Go, because it reminds me of the beginning of something new--the beginning of hope. There's a Spring-like feel to this song, and Spring always heralds renewal.
Coming Home is similar to Last of the Free in that they both sound like anthems of sorts. While Last of the Free seems to give voice to the emotions that arise in the midst of struggle, including resilient hope, Coming Home feels like the last stretch of a race where victory is imminent. It's a joyous song that, to me, evokes a feeling of "The journey is more than worth it."
Tears of the Moon soothes and touches the emotions. What a treat to listen to a CD that has so much depth to it--not only being very pleasing technically and musically, but also pleasing on a deeper, more satisfying level.
Nick Davis is a talented vocalist, musician and actor that hails from Australia. His web home, where you can purchase his music, is at NickDavisMusic.com.
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