International Review of Music Critic Brian Arsenault writes of “Neat Songs” and a “Warm Album”
As someone who lives where it sometimes snows in April, how could I pass up Gregg Robins downloadable album of Demos — Snowing in April. And I’m glad I didn’t.
Let me go right to the last song which truly touches the heart. “Believe” sings of a father’s advice to his oldest daughter and what makes it so striking is that Robins sings it with his then 15 year old Casey.
Casey’s voice will never again be exactly as it was when she sang on this recording. She will never again be exactly the same. That is the bittersweetness of growing children and grandchildren. They can’t wait for the next age and parents want to hold on to the current one just a little longer.
“Believe in your dreams. They can always come true.”
The passage of time pops up a number of times on this warm album from a New Yorker now living in cold Moscow. (Moscow!!?) “The Middle of the Show” isn’t about a stage show.
“Middle age is all the rage.”
In “Where Were You?” where Robins is joined on vocal by Remy Sepetoski, at 35 “I knew where I was, where were you?”
But the album’s not maudlin about fleeting time. It just urges us to not miss “How Lucky” we are just to be here. Robins is sometimes a bit off-key singing but he hits mostly right notes writing neat songs.
You can listen to the album at Robins” website for free. Must be the old Soviet socialist share the wealth spirit at work, if it ever was.