You and I reflect one another.
How long shall we run from the truth...
:: Just A Dream ::
This world is like a garden.
And we are the flowers ...
:: Halleluyah ::
Blood painted walls memories by the score.
The fight for power is out of control ...
:: Stop the Hate ::
Mi An' Mi Guitar Released 2005
The solid roots sound beneath the words is what takes Give And Take to another level. With nearly an hour's worth of music, you're certainly not cheated either...
Mi An' Mi Guitar Reviews
Review by Brendan DeMelle, DCReggae.com
Close your eyes and journey back to a time gone by... sitting in that old rockin' chair on the porch at Gramma's. Nothing but the birds chirpin', the buzz from a cricket... and then a gentle man picks up his guitar, strums a few chords and begins to sing. A throwback to a time when music wasn't crammed through eighty different effects processors and no team of engineers spent hours twiddling with knobs. Just a man and his acoustic guitar, strummin' and singin' soulfully, simply, purely... music from the heart, vocals from the sternum... all flowing straight to your eardrum. No complicated arrangement, no twiddling or meddling. With the exception of Bless Your Heart and Stop the Hate, there aren't even any layered harmonies (though you'll surely appreciate the beautiful layers there... it's hard to believe all those layers are Clinton's voice, but they are).
It's just Mi an' Mi Guitar, just the basic elements, the birthplace of so many millions of musical creations - a human being with a strong will to impart true feelings that strike common chords among us all, and make us smile and try even harder when we doubt. "Let's move to the rhythm of life, and accept the things we cannot change. Let's groove to the rhythm of life, gotta have a little faith, the future shall be great, so just hold on!"
So many times listening to the Gladiators' early albums or even with Boogie Brown, I've yearned to hear just Basie's voice, in isolation, to focus solely on his spirit. Well, now here it is. Clinton Fearon stripped down, raw, alone, just the facts. Music for life.
Review by Tom Weber, Instructor, Video/Digital Media at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
This is a brilliant album, the most wonderful and creative thing I have heard from a reggae artist in I don't know how long. It is in the spirit of "Redemption Songs", Ijahman, Peter Tosh in his softer moments, but with echoes of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan as well.
At the same time, it is totally original, the work of a mature artist who has absorbed many influences but is not afraid to take bold steps in directions unknown.
I can't express how much I love this record. I have listened to it more or less continually since I opened the envelope a couple of days ago. This CD takes reggae into a totally new direction.
Review by Ted "The Boot" Boothroyd, Jahworks.org
Listening to Mi an' Mi Guitar, I thought of Pablo Picasso. Yes, the late painter Picasso, the one whose name is synonymous with modern art. Towards the end of his long career, his output included some of the most simple and basic works he had ever done. It was his "mi an' mi paint" and "mi an' mi ink" time. His paintings became rudimentary exercises in form and color. His drawings became frugal;they were simple ideas rendered in the simplest of lines. These were works you might consider unsophisticated, perhaps even primitive.
Or as many art lovers do, you could consider them close to the ultimate in sophistication, the purest form of the master's art, the distillation of his craft. He had proved himself long before, and now had no need to impress, only to create. How you respond to the results of that confidence depends in part on your value system, and that will likely help determine how much you enjoy this unique album by reggae veteran Clinton Fearon.
The title tells the tale: what you get on this disc is human voice and acoustic guitar-and, of course, a handful of melodic, contemplative songs. No drums, bass, keyboards, horns, synthesizers, harmony trios or studio trickery. What is reggae without drum and bass? What is contemporary reggae without big production? How engaging can something be when there is so little involved?
For the answers you may just have to buy this album. You will discover (or reconfirm) that art can be an unadorned, uncomplicated, highly personal thing. You will know that the worth of music is not measured in decibels. You will learn that reggae's rhythms are as much in the mind as in the speakers. Above all, you will notice that when an old friend visits and hauls out his guitar and starts singing a simple song he wrote, that's one of those times when life seems at its fullest.
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