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Goal / Mission of the Album: Through his music, to give encouragment to
listeners in their daily struggles to follow the Lord. Encourage listeners to
evaluate themselves, confess their blunders, and to turn to God with their
weaknesses, asking for guidance and support. Encourage listeners to seek a
relationship with Him, becoming active servants of the Lord through His
"I believe that there is hope in life, hope that can only be
found through relationship with God." Derrick Harris
to be pumped up and encouraged with a bright, insightful contemporary Christian
acoustic collection of songs that musically entertains and encourages growth in
faith and dependence on the Lord, for strength to endure struggles? Derrick
Harris' ON THE LEFT CD is the album that deserves a spot in your acoustic
Christian music collection! This reviewer had the pleasure to listen and
examine this musical effort for our readers!
Derrick Harris and friends
have come together to offer an inspiring collection of well-done, never boring,
personable acoustic ballads, that feature favorite qualities of this reviewer:
Expressive, poignant, well-performed vocals from the heart, presenting meaty
lyrical messages that make the listener think and reevaluate, and a creative
variety of well composed and well-performed acoustic compositions, all with a
fervent spirit and energy, that flows throughout the album no matter the format
of the song. Whether it is a statement anthem of faith and hope (I WILL BE THERE
FOR YOU * ONLY FOOLS WILL SURVIVE * I WILL GET BY), an expression of
frustration/discouragement and petition (RAIN IS FALLING ON MY BACK * SET ME
FREE AGAIN *SEND ME ON MY WAY),or a song of confession/appeal for help (PIGEON
SONG *SUNDAY * ON THE LEFT), the music is vibrant, energetic with a fiery spirit
that is sure to uplift the discouragement of life, as it points to the hope we
have in Jesus Christ.
The high production values are the result of the
talent brought to this project,ON THE LEFT.. Grammy winner Rob Burrell was in
charge of engineering, mixing, and producing this album. Another factor that
contributed to the excellence of the sound and energy was the fact that Derrick
brought his band of musicians into the studio to record live, rather than record
by doing sound tracks, which are mixed together.
Whether the listener
hears simply a voice with one guitar accompaniment or an ensemble of
instruments, ON THE LEFT cd has it all, a shining example of a collection of
songs in this genre, which also speak volumes of the high production values. I
can describe the compositions as a creative package of acoustic sound, offering
a variety of personal ballads, inspired from Derrick's life experience &
struggles, and his own relationship with the Lord.
The songs, written in
both major and minor keys, range from a clean, full-bodied acoustic sound (ONLY
THE FOOLS SURVIVE * I WILL BE THERE FOR YOU), to acoustic/ electric/ drum
ensemble (ON THE LEFT,) sometimes with a stronger, cooking rock-base; ( PIGEON
SONG * I WILL GET BY (Chorus). Some of the songs are a delightful mix of clean
acoustic and ensemble work with a light rock beat; (RAIN IS FALLING UPON MY BACK
* I WILL BE HERE FOR YOU *THERE'S A LIFE FOR ME)
All selections are
composed around the all important dynamic levels, given interesting rhythms
and memorable melodies, from simple to subtle to complex, all reflecting the
spirit of melody-carrying vocal performances.
As a songwriter and composer, Derrick uses his considerable skills, creating
through the guitar / guitar ensemble some most enjoyable, interesting
accompaniments. He can compose in either major or minor keys, uses key
modulations and interesting musical interludes to spice up compositions, and
composes to fit the softness or growing volume needed to fit the songs' dynamic
In acoustic music, solo guitars or guitars in groups are
typically used to maintain rhythm of the song ,or melody support, or for
interlude work. Derrick uses the guitar in all three areas, combining rhythm,
melody support, and little interludes in intros, etc., as well, creating
compositions that hold the interest of the listener, as well as contribute so
much to the overall melody, spirit, energy and mood aura of each song found on
this inspiring album. The listener appreciate why Derrick Harris was named
Birmingham Al's Best Acoustic artist in by the Birmingham Weekly Music Magazine.
The talented, professional ensemble group of instrumental voices are
precise, rhythms are impeccable, musically well-mixed, and cook along with
spirit, providing the right energy, drive and dynamic level, as well as
well-done melody support. The percussion and drumcontributions are at just the
right level of volume and intensity, for each song on this CD;From offering just
subtle support for the guitar-driven rhythm, to more larger than life, for
rock-based compositions, careful though to not dominate, but well
Derrick Harris is a gifted musician indeed! Not only can Derrick offer his
own unique efforts at songwriting, and really can play and compose for guitar,
but he can also sing, knowing full well how to use his natural talents and his
strong abilities in vocal performance, matching the energy, spirit of the
musical accompaniment, in a style of earnest fervor that captivates the
listener. All the songs are very personal, being sung in first person, coming
from the heart of a gifted performer, dedicated to a closer walk with Christ.
His strong voice has no trouble carrying the melody, propelled with
stellar breath control, and ability to reach hard intervals easily. His musical
instincts and ability to sing from his spiritual place enables him to express
the intended lyrical message with feeling and heart-felt intensity, using
dynamics as a powerful tool; making it all so relevant to the listener's
struggles with the Christian walk and personal relationship with the Lord. Such
a well-done presentation can be "meat" for self-examination and encourage
confession, reconciliation and dependence on the Lord.
Derrick shares in
his bio, ""My music reflects what is going on in my life. My lyrics are honest
and from my heart. I believe that there is hope in life, hope that can only be
found through relationship with God."
The lyrical messages, that range
from straightforward, to more complex, inspiring the thinking and pondering
process. The message of each song is usually spelled out in the chorus and
Bridge sections in a glorious way.DerrickHarris's ability to creatively and
poetically express his spiritual insights, result in meaningful lyrical
messages, that are brought roaringly to life by his poignant vocal presentations
to truly delight and inspire the faith of acoustic-loving enthusiasts, and the
contemporary music audience as well!!
There are so many elements found
in these songs that make this album, ON THE LEFT, a big "MUST GET" for your
contemporary acoustic Christian music collection! Vocals and message, spirit and
energy, inspiring melodies and accompaniment, terrific musicianship all the way
around and stellar production values!
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