Wright of Spring by Kim Christie

Kim Christie
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In a life of 80 years, Midsummer comes at just under age 45.

Created lovingly under the proficient direction of Steve Soucy, master of the keys and the comma.

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there's always a possibility that a song can be arranged and played differently with better or worse results ... in this case, I accept it and appreciate it as is. cus as is - is how it must have been intended and there's really no second guessing that. but on the favorable side of that issue is the fact that I think the production is spot on for the tune. the piano is not digitally revealing as it's simply just a room sound that was chosen. it IS real. probably pulled from the recording of a piano in that particular setting (sampled). to say it sounds otherwise is to object to the actual piano used in the sample that is in memory in the keyboard. silly really .... you can dislike the room sound and the piano itself but it does sound real and it does have a strong and frequency full sound that works quite well with the vocal and drums ...

the drums .... nicely back but ever present. and well placed. well conceived and well represented. a filler of sound and a simple backbeat here and there to keep the flow moving when the piano airs itself and the vocal works it's way around the melody.

the vocals ... perfect in it's imperfections. reflective of it's emotional birth, it's intimacy reveals the truth in the words and in fact, in the melody - which twists and turns just enough to be artsy but seats itself firmly in pop roots. it's a great performance in ways that are measurable in the way it makes the listener, in this case, me, feel. I hear the soft tenderness and the strong resolution and satisfaction. I hear the pain that preceded the satisfaction and I follow the tone of the delivery to the point where I identify.

and wordwise - it's so simple and doesn't try to be clever and it works cus sometimes, simple says it best.

it's got a lot to love as a stripped down pop song. it's crisp and bright but doesn't really lack warmth ... the FX are accentuating without being overwhelming and the important things are featured front and center ... the vocal and the color of the chord progression as played.

to be sure, if the arrangement was fully flushed out in orchestration or a full 4 piece band, the song might suffer from sounding a bit like a too well crafted cliche, built to perfection and not exactly representing the message accurately. the simplicity here is the key. and the intimacy forged by the coupling of the piano part and the lady's singing needs to be the entire focus. anything more would steal from that and therefore, I wouldn't be in favor of changing that delivery.

from an emotional POV, it must be humbling and yet empowering to be the subject of this song. it tells truths and would do nothing at all to lessen a man's self confidence. it's a brave thing for a writer to tell her lover how she feels in this way. it's a bravery to show this vulnerability and it's a credit to the accompaniment to help reflect that. personally, it would make me proud of her and in fact, of myself. it would make me feel appreciated and fully loved and in a position where I wouldn't mind revealing my vulnerability by saying so. we should all be so lucky to have a love who's capable of expressing these emotions in any way, much less in beautiful song.

I really do love it and admit I'm jaded by my continuing romance with the idea of romance - sue me. thanks guys, you done good. musically, you've got your shit together and I'll never not appreciate that in a band.

to say this a keeper is silly. if it were to be the last thing I listen to some day ... to lead me back to where I'm going. I could do a lot worse.

ps - you might think about removing the questions on bass and guitar though ... being as there is none in the tune.


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time for some poetic throwback lullabies!!this song does some killer keyboard melodic progression coupled with the equally strong singing voice and performance. the voice is full and articulate,as well as highly capable of embodying and making one feel the emotion the song wants to convey. when you grow old as a couple, you may want this to be your theme song, which may explain the mature songwriting evident in this concise package.the keyboard seems to sound to do less but just does more than enough to serve as a perfect conduit for the whole composition.

Steely Bern


Didn’t know it but I’d been reaching
For a hand big enough to hold on to
For a rock to lay my head on
For a fire to foil the cold

And even though our summer’s fading
Your love means spring has come
Your love means spring has come

Oh bitter winters
Oh autumnal fears
You can turn the sun around
Pull back the lost years

Didn’t feel it how I was hungry
For a love to make me proud and true
Shoulders big enough to cry on
The widest smile for laughs out loud

And even though our summer’s fading
Your love means spring has come
Love means spring has come
Even though our summer’s fading
Your love means spring has come.