“Songs from The Bicycle Membership” is a CD that accompanies Dave Schultz 'ebook, “The Bicycle Membership”. This music is gritty Americana at its core. It’s principally about booze, love, one night time stands and the blurry strains between these components that exist in darkish taverns and roadhouses.
Dave is unapologetic for the fabric. It’s a type of music that started maybe with Woody Guthrie and Johnny Money however continued with songwriters like Bob Dylan and Steve Earle. Clearly, it’s the fringe of society that pulls the eye of Dave Schultz.
For me, listening to this type of music is rather a lot like studying historical past or fiction. That’s, we will hearken to songs and expertise a tradition that isn’t our personal.
For others, the truth of their very own existence could resonate by the phrases and melodies of this music. I select to supply solely my judgment of the music on this context and depart ethical judgments of my fellow man to those that are snug in such issues.
Equally, the Blues is an excellent instance of understanding part of tradition by music, I feel. Once I began my retrospective into the Blues, I started to understand greater than the music, I started to understand the tradition from which it was drawn. I dare say that almost all people wouldn’t wish to reside the lifetime of a sharecropper, however most of the early blues had been derived from the expertise of farm staff in rural America throughout tough occasions. However, this isn’t a purist type of blues and it isn’t about sharecroppers.
These are consuming songs. Consuming songs have existed for a lot of centuries. The Irish, English and the Germans have lengthy traditions of consuming songs which can be typically festive. People even have consuming songs which can be festive and light-weight.
Nevertheless, these songs are a bit darker at occasions. A few of these songs are in regards to the counter tradition of medication and alcohol. We could debate whether or not it romanticizes the intense downside of substance abuse. Nevertheless, the tales are based mostly on chilly exhausting info which can be tough to disregard. Personally, I can recognize the music as an artwork type with out the necessity to expertise it first hand. I’ve misplaced plenty of buddies and family to substance abuse through the years, so I don’t take the topic flippantly. Nevertheless, it isn’t for kids. This music is leisure for adults who’re in a position to make selections for themselves.
Now that I’ve exhausted all of my conservative caveats and disclaimers, I wish to say that I actually just like the songs on this CD. They’re all effectively written and produced. Dave Schultz has a really good manner of placing attention-grabbing ideas into simplistic phrases which can be common in nature. In my view, it’s the mark of a very gifted lyricist to create photographs that we’re in a position to see in our minds. Whereas his songs have nice lyrics, additionally they have memorable melodies and Dave has an important singing voice! So, I consider Dave Schultz deserves a spot among the many lofty ranks of nice singer songwriters. Moreover, I consider the members of Purple Hank are all very effectively fitted to this number of music, providing good textures and demonstrating nice talent as veteran performers.
January has a pleasant shuffle rhythm that creates some attention-grabbing photographs with a unbelievable association of devices. The track ends with a chorus that’s truly fairly attention-grabbing. It begins with a pleasant change right into a minor with added strings which can be very acceptable. This strikes into a serious for the final two refrains. Briefly, January is a superbly written track with an enduring impact.
Mary Jane is a superb love ballad that has good photographs from Dave's glorious use of lyrics and phrasing. The horns are a really good contact. I really like the emotion of this track that peaks with the repeated “Mary Jane” line on the finish of the track.
All Boozed Up has a pleasant island really feel with a rhumba type rhythm and wes montgomery type comping on guitar. The phrasing and lyrics are glorious. It’s a festive consuming track with a pleasant counter melody within the scat line. The bridge additionally has a pleasant change in melody which strikes right into a flute break and a cease. I really like the jazzy, barely dissonant ending.
$ 200 is a good track a few woman down on her luck. The track creates the specified impact with nice strains and slide guitar, giving the track a drunken sway. The hook line may be very memorable on this track.
I really like the guitar and organ intro to Virginia. It’s a dialog track with an important, memorable refrain. The topic is well-known among the many late night time bar crowd. It’s a track of loneliness and hanging on to the final obtainable companion for the night time. The lyrics and melodies of this track are glorious.
Bear in mind My Title is the final word consuming track. The oompah type tuba all through with metal guitar creates a comical impact. I really like the lyrics and the music on this track. The road, “I have no idea you, however I acknowledge the Oldsmobile” is a traditional line that may resonate very effectively amongst followers of Americana music. The vivid photographs, acceptable type, glorious association and manufacturing of this track make it an immediate traditional.
Dave Schultz is a superb singer songwriter with a bent towards the artistically fertile floor of tavern life. His band, Purple Hank, is a gaggle of skilled veterans of the stage and studio. In any other case, this cd ought to have a sticker that warns listeners, “Do Not Attempt This At House!” or “This Ain't Your Momma's Nation Music!”