One of the most rewarding things about my job is that my inbox and the office mailbox finds music stuffed in it once in a while, from all over the world.  I must confess, it can be daunting to have a mountain of music (good music, I will add) begging to be given attention.  Not the kind of attention most A&R or scouts or music directors give, which I’ll admit I have done shamefully from time to time; that is, the Skip Skip Skip button on a CD, or the Click Click Click next on my computer or media server.  Is that really a fair way to assess music?  Well, no.

Considering the level of effort (a Project Management term, I am a PM by trade too dontcha know!) that goes into the creation of art by the artists from around the world, maybe I need to give it a college effort and really take the time to go through the wonderful back log in my office.  Now that the smell of movie blood is gone from my office (I also make movies), it’s time to drop some of these gems into my ol’ Kenwood CD carousal, fire up the vintage hand-me-down Marantz amp, and get those Tannoy speakers dancing!

First one in my hand: Mitchell Thomas’ CD “Air Plain.”   Being a guitarist myself, the first track warmed up my Tannoys and instantly cracked a smile on my face, as of course, my first cue was this is going to be a ‘guitar album,’ which never hurts my feelings.  I always love raw and openness of some recordings, ones that aren’t afraid of some background noises sneaking in to remind you it’s a real performance captured by real human beings.  Oh, and it’s not a guitar album, per se 🙂

The music continued on an excursion of styles and genres that swayed far and wide from the previous or the next track, yet always felt anchored to the core theme of the album, which I didn’t actually realize there was a theme for the tracks until after I read the liner notes.  I guess when the album, a collection and selection of songs tells you a story without you being explicitly told that’s what it’s trying to do (like through liner notes), then it’s successfully accomplished its purpose.  The other thing that impressed me was the multi-instrumentel talents of Mitchell Thomas and Amy K Bormet, along with their vocal talents, and it really shines throughout the album.

It’s a jazz album.  No.  It’s folky?  No.  It’s moody and emotional and colourful?  Totally, even cosmic at times;  and as much as I sat down and listened to the artists creating rich fabric of tones and moods, I got lost in daydreaming about sitting outside with friends, drinking Jack and lemonade and the warm summer breeze under the canopy, all the while the soundtrack of a perfect afternoon filled with laughter and joy provided by Air Plain music.  It truly elevated my soul, lifted my mood and reminded that for a lot of artists, Mitchell Thomas included, that musicianship and creatively are certainly not dead, let alone ignored.



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