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Barry Keenan, A Modern Artist In A Classic Rock Tradition…. By Michelle Williams

Posted in Stories on June 18, 2009 by myrna1923

Barry Keenan

Barry Keenan is an amazing and prolific songwriter.  In addition to writing his own music, he writes songs for other artists.  Barry has also written songs for movies and television, including four songs for the movie, “Kick Boxer” and his music has been used for the NBC soaps, “Another World” and “Passions.” 

     Barry became interested in music when he was nine years old and started taking accordion lessons.  He picked up the guitar around age thirteen and his first song was inspired by a broken heart when he was in the tenth grade.  Today, Barry plays many instruments; piano, guitar, violin, drums, to name a few and he played all the instruments on his new CD, “My Brain” which is a brilliant album. 

Mr. Keenan also helps other artists find the sound they want, as well as producing and mixing his own CDs. He has worked with many big names in the music industry; Adam Ant, The Cranberries, White Zombie and many others.  Barry hasn’t toured much in recent years because he has a young family at home and loves being hands on father to his three children.  The tender heart of this family man is evident in his beautiful music. 

In the past year or so, Barry has been writing songs with Brooke Halpin and they formed the band, 3 Keepin Lane with Voyce McGinnley III and David Lane.   An article in Music Connection Magazine described them as having “enough electricity to light up a stadium

He has also been producing  new songwriter, Sean Flynn (Zoey 101) and he has been working closely with Trevor McShane on his new album.  Barry has had some success with his beautiful single, “Our Comfortable Lives” which speaks about war in a way which only Barry Keenan can.  This single was produced by vetern producer, Mandi Martin is currently climbing the Living With War Today song chart on Neil Young’s website.

Barry Keenan is originally from Boston and New York but his voice and musical style have been compared to the Beatles.   He has many songs that rock out and are fun to jam with.  The driving vocals and pounding beat are a must for any Rock music lover.  The ballads he sings are breathtaking and timeless.  The imagery and the prose are unforgettable.  Give yourself a treat and visit Barry’s music page, http://www.myspace.com/barrykeenanmusic

You can also visit www.barrykeenan.com

 

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Orange Avenue, By Paul Zollo.. A Cd Review By Michelle Williams

Posted in Stories with tags on June 17, 2009 by myrna1923

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Orange Avenue by Paul Zollo is a brilliant collection of songs. The lyrics tell a story and each song is an adventure.  The lyrics are finely crafted and weave a tapestry of romance, intrigue, Passion, spirituality.  The songs are multifaceted and haunting.  The music stays with me and makes me want to hear it again.  Paul Zollo puts his whole heart into every song and it is very evident that he is a born storyteller.  His vocals are mesmerizing and I am entranced as his voice seeps into every fiber of my being.  I am totally addicted to this CD. 

The title track on this CD is a beautiful and touching song about watching someone spiral into the depths of isolation and insanity after loosing a love and it brings up a melancholy mix of emotion which leaves me breathless.

 

Paul is joined by music legend, Art Garfunkel for a duet on the song, “Being In This World” which is a touching song about life and doing the best we can with what we have.  This duet is beautiful and the harmonies are perfectly blended for an unforgettable heart song. 

I think my favorite song on the album is “Antarctica” which is an expression of the isolation and fear of loss which  I think we can all identify with. It’s a moving song with heart wrenching lyrics which move my soul. This song reaches a place in my heart that I had forgotten existed. It is so beautiful and Paul Zollo sings it with such emotion and passion, this song will always be in my heart.

 

Paul Zollo also produced this album and the production quality is among the finest I have ever heard.  There are some fun sound effects that really bring the songs to life! This album is a work of art with heart wrenching ballads and toe tapping tunes which are pure fun with horns added to jazz them up and make us want to dance.  Orange Avenue is a gift from a songwriter who knows how to make us want more.  This CD is a must have for any music lover and I highly recommend this CD for anyone who loves a good story.

I give Orange Avenue by Paul Zollo five Stars! *****

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Posted in Stories on June 16, 2009 by myrna1923

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