Lately I’ve taken up the habit of walking. Not for exercise or necessarily to go anywhere in particular but just simply to walk. I knew a guy once who rode his motorcycle in much the same way. He told me he didn’t drive it to the grocery store, or to church, or to a friend’s house, but simply took it out only to ride, to enjoy the experience of being out in the open, no certain destination except where the bike and his mind took him.
I always found this comforting and I think about it a lot when out on my walks, but I also think about what I see, which is a lot of everything; good and bad. I’ve found though that as I walk the streets I have become fascinated by flowers, in particular wild flowers. Their hues and forms are as pleasing to me as looking into the face of a smiling child, so simple, so full of natural wonder, so happy to be where they are for the time that they are.
I got that same sense of simple and natural beauty listening to It's Not The Same by singer/ songwriter Jo Denton. She’s a classically trained violinist and pianist who began working in that medium at the young age of thirteen when she began putting music to her mother’s poetry. This notion hasn’t left Denton as she’s incorporated a poetical lyricism into her music that now encompasses acoustic guitar and piano along with violin.
It's Not The Same is short in length, just four songs, but its songs are beautiful and hard wrought. The beautifully poetic acoustics on “Bide My Time” may give some light to what the record, and Jo Denton are all about. Over a soft finger picked acoustic guitar reminiscent of Nick Drakes Five Leaves Left Denton sings her siren song in a voice so lovely it would crash a ship in a matter of minutes.
The lyrics she sings are powerfully heartfelt and gorgeous in their rendering. “It takes will to follow through / It takes will to score your goals / It takes will to hold back” she sings with operatic vocals. On the title track, which is also a slow burn of ‘70s English folk, her vocals are weep-inducing and the music so crisp and simple one could liken it to the rhythm of a stream in a forest.
It's Not The Same is exactly like it says. This is an original album of pure simplistic beauty, the kind that has been forgotten by this day and age. This is an album that one must go about the old route and seek and find. But like all of life’s true pleasure’s It's Not The Same is a record you stumble upon and then want to keep secret a secret for yourself, but then, realizing its beauty, you can’t help but share.
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