Nashville Musician, David Williams, has created a musical ode to a legend that has made his way to heaven, Leonard Cohen, throughout his latest genre-bending release, ‘Tipping My Hat to Leonard’.
Kicking off with the first and title track, “Tipping My Hat to Leonard”, David’s deep and smokey vocals tug at the core of listeners as the lyrical direction pays earnest respect to the words that Leonard Cohen has left behind for the world to soak up until the end of time. The second track, “Who Let That Django Jazz into the Room?”, begins with the instrumental essence of a track by The Eagles and then leads into David lyrically recreating a feeling of lust that has come about along a night out on the town. “Little Tiny Foreign Car” is the third track that slows it down into a romantic metaphorical dose of love that David feels for the individual of his desire as his slow-strumming compliments the track’s soulful direction. The fourth track, “Baby Lost Her Kitty”, instrumentally creates the feeling of being a gypsy on the loose across a vibrant town as David subliminally aims to awaken the truth within an individual who is losing their direction in life.
“Aching For Love” is the fifth track that is infused with elements of Jazz as David lyrically speaks of the most universal desire of all: love. The seventh track, “Dead Man Feel”, highlights David’s vocal capabilities which are peculiar and rich in experience and depth. The eighth track, “Guernica”, mimics the likes of Johnny Cash as David’s experience as an Author shines through throughout lyrics that twist and turn through metaphorical musings that have passed through his seasoned mind and old-soul spirit. “Complicated Women” is the tenth track that strums into the gut of listeners as David lyrically speaks of the dark and light that comes with connecting with women that are full of life on the outside yet possess a fire that burns on the inside. “Frozen in the Ice Age” is the eleventh track that lyrically speaks of David’s inclination of remaining true and pure within love and how it sadly doesn’t mesh with the common modern-day perception. The thirteenth track, “Ghost Bird”, begins with a beautiful instrumental opening that carries influences stemming from Americana and Folk as David lyrically compares the human being of his desire to a bird that is stuck in its tracks rather than flying free. Closing out with “Holy Earth”, David ends from a state of introspection as he lyrically speaks of defeat and ensuring to create your own belief systems throughout your own precious life.
David has notably earned an Emmy for his songwriting work for PBS and has a variety of accolades that hold weight. It is palpable that steering clear from the societal trap of succumbing to familiarity is what keeps David’s ship afloat along his journey of life. If you’re a fan of fellow musicians such as Randy Newman, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, then grab your copy of ‘Tipping My Hat to Leonard’ on Soundcloud.
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