objective speed review of David M. Bailey's ONE MORE DAY
David M. Bailey's ONE MORE DAY is a CD of burning grace and gratitude for life. As I listened, I thought: Gordon Lightfoot, Harry Chapin and Dan Fogelberg tradition of timeless love triumphing over over petty matters. Stress on acoustic guitar and lyrics so interesting as to be able to be released alone as poetry. The bold expressions of life on ONE MORE DAY really took me back to Harry Chapin's material most closely, which puts David in some great company, I think. What follows is an objective speed review. All David's songs are recorded live, all quotes are taken verbatim from the CD jacket as to give the reader an idea where David was coming from on each song. After the quotes I write a sentence or two about what I thought David M. Bailey was trying to express. The speeds of the songs of comparative songs, how they were obtained, and why they might interest you are explained on my website as per above. As I never told Mr. Bailey that I was going to review his CD, I thank him in advance for the opportunity.
Track # 1--"When We're In Love"--158.0 beats per minute. 'The heart has reasons which the reason cannot understand.' -Pascal. 'For my wife, who is amazing. Stafford, Vermont, 1998.'-David M. Bailey. This is a joyous song expressing the pure joy of the possibilities we have when we're in love. As: "Devil With The Blue Dress On," Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, 157.8, "Theme from "The Munsters", "We Have Heaven," Yes, 158.5 beats per minute
Track # 2--"It Shines"--68.4 beats per minute. 'Imagination is more important than knowledge.'-Einstein. 'We do not know one millionth of one percent about anything.' -Edison. 'For my dad, who still teaches me why-Kerrville, Texas, 1999.'-David M. Bailey. This is a song about the wonders of a child's curiosity and the overwhelming love of his father. Harry Chapin would be proud of this song, no doubt. As: "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad," Def Leppard, 68.4 beats per minute, "Rhymes & Reasons," John Denver, 68.4 beats per minute, The Warmth Of The Sun," The Beach Boys, 68.4 beats per minute.
Track # 3--"One More Day"--211.9 beats per minute. 'It is never too late to be what you might have been.' -Eliot. 'The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.' -Lincoln. 'For Henry, Victor & Matthew, who help me stay way ahead of the cynics.' -David M. Bailey. This is a song about joy and love and still more joy and love. As: "South American Getaway," Burt Bacharach, soundtrack, Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, 209.9 beats per minute, "Fire," The Red Hot Chili Peppers, 210.5 beats per minute, "Wear My Ring Around Your Neck," Elvis Presley, 212.5 beats per minute.
Track # 4--"Angola By The Bay"--65.4 beats per minute. 'Friendship is always a sweet responsibility.' -Gibran. 'For Sharon and Abby, who welcomed me in, over and over and over. Angola by the Bay, Deleware, 1991.' -David M. Bailey. This is a song about the beautiful mystery of warm friendship. As: "Secret Marriage," Sting, "Didn't We Almost Have It All?," Whitney Houston, 65.5 beats per minute, "Goodnight Saigon," Billy Joel, 65.8 beats per minute.
Track # 5--"As They Do"--63.7 beats per minute. 'Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have ordained praise.' -Psalms 8:2. 'For my children, who show me how the world works.-In the Briar Patch, Annapolis, Maryland, 1998.' -David M. Bailey. Another song Harry Chapin would be proud of, how the mind of children often work in simple and clear ways that show we "adults" how we limit ourselves by thinking we know too much. As: "A Thousand Stars In The Sky," Kathy Young & The Innocents, 63.6 beats per minute, "Who Knows Where the Time Goes," Judy Collins, 63.6 beats per minute, "Spellbound," The Smithereens, 63.7 beats per minute.
Track # 6--"Basement Memories"--139.9 beats per minute. 'Man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.' -Moore. 'For my uncles & cousins, and all their basements. This is a happy song about happy memories. Camp Hill, Pennsylvania,1984.' -David M. Bailey. As: "I'm Popeye The Sailor Man," tv theme (1960s), 139.6 beats perminute, "The Facts Of Life," tv theme (1980s), 139.8 beats per minute, "Good Times," tv theme (1970s), 139.8 beats per minute.
Track # 7--"Simple Things"--63.6 beats per minute. 'Earth's crammed with heaven, and every common brush afire with God.' -[not attributed]. 'For my sister, who knew this long before I did. New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, 1998.'-David M. Bailey A song about stopping and smelling the roses--specifically, this is an expression of the joy of the things in life which may seem ordinary but in their commonness are gorgeous. As: ¡§We All Fall In Love Sometimes, Elton John, 63.6 beats per minute, "Philadelphia Morning," Bill Conti, soundtrack, Rocky, 63.7 beats per minute, "Fire Lake," Bob Seeger & The Silver Bullet Band, live, Detroit, June 20, 1980, 63.8 beats per minute, "We¡¦ve Got Tonight," Bob Seeger & The Silver Bullet Band, live, Detroit, June 21, 1980, 63.8 beats per minute.
Track # 8--"eels Like Home"--tempo rubato. 'What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not been discovered.' -Emerson. 'There is no place more delightful than one's own fireside.' -Cicero. 'For my friend, Tracy K., who deserves much more than a song. Beirut, Lebenon, 1998, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1999.' -David M. Bailey. As any song that is tempo rubato, or literally, a song in the time of the singer, for me, it is incomparable to any other song by speed.
Track # 9--"When It Rains It Pours"--155.2 beats per minute. "You can't change the direction of the wind, but you can adjust your sails.' anonymous. 'For my brothers, who always let it. Grove City, Pennsylvania, 1986. -David M. Bailey. This is a song about knowing that bad times come to everyone, and we are best to see them through until better days. As: 'Hosanna," Placido Domingo, Requiem, Andrew Lloyd-Weber, 154.6 beats per minute, "Sugar Magnolia," Grateful Dead, 154.6 beats per minute, "Spirits in The Material World," The Police, live, Atlanta, 1983, 155.2 beats per minute.
Track # 10--"State Of Mind"--65.5 beats per minute. 'Discovery consists of seeing what everybody else has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought.' -Gyorgi. 'For my friends Trammel, Dom, and Tony, who always help me figure it out. Left Coast, 1998.' -David M. Bailey. This song is about perspective and priorities in the grand scheme of life. "We've Got Tonight," Bob Seeger & The Silver Bullet Band (studio version), 65.5 beats per minute, "Alfie," Dionne Warwick, 65.5 beats per minute, "Come In From The Rain," Captain & Teneille, 65.7 beats per minute.
Track # 11--One Day In Gettysburg--81.3 beats per minute. 'Freedom is the right to tell people what they don¡¦t want to hear.' Orwell. 'For my country. Gettysburg, [Pennsylvania], 1999. -David M. Bailey. A song expressed in material isolation yet filled with spiritual ghosts of the Civil War and the ghost of Abraham Lincoln on a solitary trip to Gettysburg, and in so being there, a most vivid realization of the sorrow of human conflict. Political conflict and war itself--and the sadness of how a peace often last only a while, until people find something else to hate each other about. As: "Ohio," Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, live, 4 Way Street, 81.9 beats per minute, "The God That Failed," Metallica, 83.1 beats per minute, "Come Together," The Beatles, 83.4 beats per minute.
Track # 12--"And You"--70.2 beats per minute. 'Two things do prolong thy life: a quiet heart and a lovomg wife.' -anonymous. 'For my Fiancee, Somewhere over the Atlantic, 1980-something. -David M. Bailey. An expression of graceful love for a lover. As: "All The Man I Need," Whitney Houston, live, Norfolk Naval Air Station, March 31, 1991, 70.2 beats per minute, "Dear Mr. Jesus," Power Source, 70.2 beats per minute, "I Made It Through The Rain"--> "Looks Like We Made It" (medley), Barry Manilow, Live, Artista AIDS Benefit Concert, Radio City Music Hall, New york, New york, April 1990, 70.2 beats per minute.
Track # 13--"Letting Go"--75.0 beats per minute. 'Be not afraid of growing slowly. Be afraid of standing still.' -Chinese proverb. 'For the McGarvey girls, who still run with scissors. Stafford, Vermont, 1998. -David M. Bailey. A song that reminded much of two other pieces of art, one, the film 'Falling In Love,' starring Meryl Streep & Robert DeNiro as two commuters, who, as in this sing, slowly and shyly fall in love, and Harry Chapin's favorite song, "A Better Place To Be," based on a true story when Harry was in Watertown, New York, again, about two lonely people letting there guard down, shy as they are, and fall in love. As: "Father To Son," Phil Collins, 75.0 beats per minute, "One Step Up," Bruce Springsteen, 75.0 beats per minute, "Show Me," Seal, 75.0 beats per minute, "Something In The Way She Moves," (the basis for, not a variation on, George Harrison/Beatles's "Something"), James Taylor, 75. 0 beats per minute, "Something So Right," Paul Simon, 75.0 beats per minute.
Track # 14--So It Goes"--63.6 beats per minute. 'He who sees the infinite in all things, sees God.' -Blake. 'For my Mom, who showed me the roses. Home, 1999. -David M. Bailey. This is a song encapsulating the theme of this CD, as quoted, seeing the infinite in everything. As: "Outside Myself," k.d. Lang, 63.7 beats per minute, "High Flying Bird," Elton John, 63.8 beats per minute, , "Sailing," Rod Stewart, 63.7 beats per minute, "September Morn'," Neil Diamond, 63.9 beats per minute, "Your Song," Rod Stewart, 63.9 beats per minute, "Border Song," Eric Clapton, 64.0 beats per minute., "Your Song," Elton John, 64.0 beats per minute.
As one might be able to tell from the scope of this review, I loved this CD. (not an objective sentence, I know!) I went to college with Harry Chapin¡¦s daughter, Harry Chapin's 'Greatest Stories Live' is my favorite album/CD in this folk/storytelling/soft rock genre, and ONE MORE DAY is a CD along those lines. The care taken by David in the CD jacket alone--all the lyrics, quotes, inspiration are indicative of the loving effort that went in to this piece of art. My opinion: FIVE stars. Submitted with respect, Ian Schneider.