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Lomelda – Late Dawn Inheritance (Music Review)

In Review on October 8, 2012 at 6:45 pm

LomeldaTemperatures are dropping, stew is simmering, and jackets are being pulled from the back of the closet. Autumn. Fall. Whichever name you prefer, I have an album for you to enjoy while sipping on that cup of coffee (spiced tea, anyone?).

Born in the piney woods of Silsbee, Lomelda will be releasing a new album later this month. Yes, I know Tevis Bluff is a literature blog but I thought you needed to know about this album. The music is perfect for the cooling weather and the lyrics are pure poetry. In fact, we featured one poem from the singer, Hannah Read, over a year ago on Tevis Bluff and it is the second track and first single from their album. Anyways, let’s get to it.

Late Dawn Inheritance is a collection of songs that can only be described as Americana. Musically, it contains acoustic guitars, a pump organ, a cello, and a few other instruments laying around the house. Vocally, Hannah portrays a hopeful despair in these songs about death, doubt, and memories. Many of the songs are about the loss of a loved one and you can hear it in her voice. Her melodies are little adventures in every line. Sometimes, her note choices remind me of an improvisational jazz musician. On Dying Song, Hannah says as much with her yodeling and voice breaking into notes as she does with her words. You need to hear her sing this song. Speaking of the words, well, let me just let you read what’s sung in Dying Song:

I can remember the day that he died
Remember and hardly cry
Well, maybe this is time to move on
And maybe I’ll just sing one more song

‘Cause when he sang his dying song
I wasn’t even close
They called to tell me it wouldn’t be long
This is just the way that it goes

Still all I can sing about these days
Is dying and being put in a grave
Well, maybe there’s no other kind of song
And maybe my thoughts are just wrong

But when I sing my dying song
I hope you’ll sit real close
And maybe even sing along
That would be the best way to go
__________

I get chills every time I listen to the track (and I’ve hit replay a few too many times). Real quick, before I tell you where to get this album, read this little poetic nugget from The Sea is Calling:

Oh, let’s face it
the present is gone
and the future is not
The past is all we’ve got
Good thing it holds a
lot
__________

The album was released on October 26th. You can purchase the physical or digital album at lomelda.bandcamp.com. The first single is Still, which you can hear below:

Review written by Tyson Peveto

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Cornucopia by Dorothy Sells Clover (Short Review)

In Review on March 6, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Walking around the Merchant Soirée this past weekend, I came across a poet selling her books. After I stopped, she insisted on reciting a poem for my girlfriend and me. Of course I let her. A few lines in, I was sold. I was sold on Dorothy as a great poet and a great person.

Reading through Cornucopia, you’ll learn a lot about Dorothy. She jumps from matters of faith, race, relationships, and weather and treats all topics with equal beauty and melody. You’ll meet a strong, independent women that loves her family, her city, and her God.

Back to the Merchant Soirée, here’s the ending of the poem she beautifully recited to us:

 Deny me, taunt me, refuse me of
a kiss from lips divine.
I will accept most eagerly; a fool would not decline.

A kiss to feed my wanton soul…

 

Interested in purchasing Cornucopia? Click here to buy in book or digital form.

Review written by Tyson Peveto

 

Bloodlines by Keith Cockrell (Review)

In Review on December 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Bloodlines is an exhilarating debut novel from Keith Cockrell, a local professor. Shannon is a graduate student wanting to excavate some portions of an old fort. An uncertain image of a child disappearing into a tree throws Shannon into the middle of a decades long mass murderer’s web of interlocking disappearances, deaths, family histories, romances, and racial tensions.

Cockrell does a masterful job of combining every character there is to meet on the Gulf coast and setting them all on a fictional Louisianan island rich with history. He gives the reader every twist and turn, every dark corner, every kill and near-miss that a monstrous murderer demands.

What makes this novel so intoxicating is watching the characters struggle in their own way with what life is, what death is; when life is worth living and death is worth giving. Sometimes, the answer can surprise you.

Would you like to read Bloodlines? You can purchase it for your Kindle for only $0.99!! Just click here.

Keith Cockrell is the Director of Theater at Lamar State College – Port Arthur.

Review written by Tyson Peveto

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