Sunday, November 28, 2010

CD Review – Forget Me Not, Blue by Evan Wish

Evan Wish is a sensitive soul who wears his heart on his sleeve, and that thoughtful sensibility comes through in his gorgeous compositions and his skillful mastery of the piano as evidenced on his latest release.

Wish is deeply concerned about the human condition: how we treat our planet, how we treat each other. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the song “What Will Man’s Legacy Be,” which features a beautiful melody accompanied by readings of the great sayings of many of the world’s prominent historical progressive leaders, such as Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

The musical subject matter is not limited to political and social issues but also finds inspiration from family and past loves. “Tara” is dedicated to Wish’s daughter and conveys the love and pride he has for her. The title track, “Forget Me Not, Blue,” exudes eternal longing.

A three-piece string ensemble adds drama, emotion, and urgency to the proceedings without overwhelming the subtlety of Wish’s musical message.

As a whole, the album is pensive, introspective, and intensely personal. It is a musical meditation, a prayer for peace. In his own quiet, small way, Evan Wish has created a legacy of hope and value.

--Raj Manoharan

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