This is a fresh breakthrough album of new music from Canadian indie singer/songwriter Nigel E. Harris, with uplifting messages of gratitude and hope.
The album kicks off with ‘My Old Man & Me’ with its catchy upbeat ukulele licks and vaudeville flavour. It describes a happy heart-warming reunion, between father and son in a British seaside fish and chip shop, after years of estrangement .
‘Let Me Serve & Show Me the Way’ was a prayer I heard he used as he searched for ways to enrich more people's lives through therapeutic music and songwriting. A great contemporary Christian track featuring Canadian diva Samantha Testa on backing vocals.
Nigel was really impressed with a young special needs lady he met on his ‘musical rounds’ who glowed with joy and happiness, despite her disabilities. Everyone was attracted to her loving energy and the healing seemed to flow from student to teacher – he wondered what she knew about life that they didn’t. The call and response nature of this indie-folk song and the silky smooth backing vocals make 'Jocelyne Shine' very relaxing to listen to.
‘Friends’ was originally written in Nigel’s late teenage years whilst living in London England and attending university, when he met a lady who wrote poetry and they collaborated writing songs together. Although the relationship was purely plutonic, he was attracted to her charms but felt too insecure to approach her. In the song, he reflects on what might have been between them had he openly declared his feelings for her. Originally written on guitar, the song developed into a classical instrumental piece in the studio. Later on the album, it shows up truer to the original concept of solo voice and solo instrument in the haunting 'Friends (reprise)'.
Nigel points out the ironies of life in ‘Queen of Vladivostok’, a remake of an old Yiddish theatre tune that gently pokes fun at the immigrants coming to 'America' as, often, on their way over from Eastern Europe, families and loved ones were scattered apart. Despite the obvious hardships they encountered, they kept their spirits high as is reflected in this Klezmer tune, a hilarious pick-me-up, guaranteed to have you foot-stomping in no time.
‘Frog In Love’ tells the story of the frog that falls for the duck and together they live happily ever after... Based on the popular children's bestselling book 'Frog In Love' by Max Velthuijs, the song's message is 'never give up on your dreams!' The track features great ducky vocals and a wonderful down-home banjo and harmonica vibe.
Nigel heard Isobel Legacy, a local poet, read one of her poems in a church service, skilfully putting into words what everyone was feeling. He loved the poem and felt inspired to write the music to ‘I have released’. The song explores the joy we feel when we let go of life’s anger and begin to give and receive love, and is written in the style of a Stéphane Grappelli & Django Reinhardt gypsy rag, that one might hear in a smoky Paris café.
A great cover of the popular hit ‘Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying’, originally from the British invasion 60’s group Gerry & the Pacemakers. Nigel’s fans loved his version of this Liverpool classic, and encouraged him to include it in this album. A lovely, easy-listening song, giving hope to broken hearted lovers everywhere.
Once again, Nigel works seamlessly with his long time music producer Greg Geeves at Oxford Productions in creating the Evolutions... album. The winning creative relationship which came together on the first album 'Nigel and His Musical Friends Greatest Hits - Vol 1' shines through on this masterfully produced and engineered album.