Robert Morgan Fisher | Notes for a Novel

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Notes for a Novel

by Robert Morgan Fisher

Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. Unimpressed
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2. Don't You Wanna Go to Mars?
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3. Angel Within
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4. Oughta Be a Highway
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5. Anatomy 101
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6. Kissinger
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7. Harold Examiner
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8. Jester King
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9. We'll Buy a Flag
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10. Morrison Fixed His Guitar
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11. Granted
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12. Big Joe and Phantom 309
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Debi Stapel

Sounds for the Soul
FANTASTIC SOUNDS - Love them all. You have got to have this!

Jerre Haskew- The Cumberland Trio

Sensational Album By A Phenomenal Artist & Talent
Robert Morgan Fisher is one of the finest singer/songwriters on the planet. These myriad songs are all woven together like a fine tapestry. Kissinger is a masterpiece! as are Jester King and We'll Buy A Flag. There isn't a weak song on this CD and Fisher covers the gamut in subject matter, stories and melodies. His vocal guests like Janis Ian are more than impressive. Just do yourself a favor and buy this great piece of music!

Brent Harvey

Mr. Fisher has a winner!
Robert Morgan Fisher's new project "Notes For a Novel" is a wonderful collection of prolific folk songs laced with thought-provoking stories, sprinkled with humor and irony. Fisher is who one would call a true modern day "troubadour"! "Kissinger" is brilliant! I strongly recommend this CD...

Mark Humphreys/Trough Records

Clarity of Vision, Sound and Theme
Fisher understands the immediacy and intimacy of studio recording, and his most fascinating work here - on the ballads - features a careful, quiet vocal presence and warm instrumentation that feels like a comforting whisper. Producer Chad Watson, who has worked with Fisher on all three of his albums, seems to have an innate spiritual connection with Fisher's intention here, expertly maneuvering each song around the twists and turns of story, commentary and/or tenderness as they approach, pass by and ultimately linger in the mind.

Melinda Browne

Spellbinding Stories & Well Crafted Songs
Robert Morgan Fisher may be “Unimpressed” (as the first song implies) but we certainly aren’t. This is an exquisite collection of songs that will move the listener from laughter to tears all the while dreading the fact that when it is over you will probably want more. RMF is a gifted storyteller who has an amazing relationship with words and who beautifully crafts the images that transport you into the heart of each story he tells. This collection is so well recorded it sounds as if you are in the same room with Fisher, who leaves no emotional stone unturned. Do yourself a favor and own this CD.

Carl Funk

Impressed
First, I have to say thus is one of the most beautiful, well realized designs I have seen on a CD in a long time. Love the artwork, and it suits the pictures which are created inside. As a writer/lyricist Robert Morgan Fisher uses words in ways few people do these days. Yes, the novelist's heart. Evocative and fearless, and I tip my hat to him. Just take a listen to "Kissinger" for confirmation of that. A great wordsmith and storyteller. The production is rich,  his voice is a unique instrument, and it all adds up to a style and musical experience that is different than the mainstream of what is going on out there. The musicians on board are all first rate. Check out the duet with Janis Ian. "Notes For a Novel" ...it would make a great book. But, it makes for an even better collection of music.

Brent Harvey

Rober Morgan Fisher's new gem
Robert Morgan Fisher's new project "Notes For a Novel" is a wonderful collection of prolific folk songs laced with thought-provoking stories, sprinkled with humor and irony.  Fisher is who one would call a true modern day "troubadour"!  "Kissinger" is brilliant!  I strongly recommend this CD...

James Hurley

Notes on "Notes for a Novel"
Preface: Having a free evening with no distractions, I put Robert Morgan Fisher's new album "Notes for a Novel" into the player and settled in. If you're already familiar with Fisher's work, you know that when he releases something it isn't likely be "light fare". This is a writer that writes because he has something to say. Actually, a better way to put it would be... He's found a powerful way to say something that truly needs saying.

This one is no exception, and consequently there's a lot to say about this record. So let me just state that every track is a standout at first listen. For the sake of brevity I'll address only a few, while mentioning some of the other aspects of the album.

First off, put any pop sensibilities you might carry with you on hold, and imagine what a writer of prose can bring to song. Suddenly very wide horizons appear, and that's where Fisher begins this journey.

The first track: "Unimpressed", is an exasperated look at current events. The wry lyric is offset by some burning electric guitar work (played by none other than Dean Parks) throughout. While Fisher's voice more than convincingly relates the tale, the guitar perfectly expresses the frustration, disappointment, anger, and even humor of the story.

With a title like "Don't you wanna go to Mars" the second track already ignites the imagination, but delivers something far beyond the mere imagery of the title. Consider this the "merge" sign on the onramp of the album.

Take a long leap forward over songs that deserve much more than passing notice to the 10-minute-epic "Kissinger". Caveat: Ten minute songs are not my thing. It's rare that a writer can hold my attention for more than four minutes at a time, and I'm usually surprised when they manage to do so. However, it is said, "there's an exception to every rule", and this is one of them. The lyric conveys a palpable sense of moral outrage that's paced much like...Well, a novel. Unfolding a bit at a time until you realize you're as outraged as the writer. But the production and the arrangement deserve special notice. Carefully selected and impeccably played sounds accumulate throughout the song and bring it to a sonic crescendo that completely serves the powerful lyric. This is masterful work and should be listened to.

Another long leap over "Harold Examiner" and a couple songs that occupied the #1 slot on Neil Young's "Living With War" chart "Jester King" and "We'll buy a Flag" (the latter of which features an amazing vocal performance from Julie Christensen) to "Morrison Fixed His Guitar".

This is a clever song and a fun story, and the vocal interplay between Fisher and guest artist (and protagonist) Dave Morrison is both fun and funny. But what really stands out here is the acoustic guitar (Played by Chad Watson) This is the kind of virtuosic guitar playing one rarely hears. Every note right where it belongs, every note in service of the song. It's easy to imagine Chet Atkins listening from "on high" with a big smile on his face. At the end of the song, believe me, you're damn glad "Morrison Fixed His Guitar"!

The record closes with a respectful nod to the story songs of an earlier time with Tommy Faile's "Big Joe and Phantom 309". If this one doesn't capture you imagination, you probably don't have one to capture.

After listening to this record, this writer has come to the conclusion the Robert Morgan Fisher is the Hendrix of the written word.

James Napoli

Novel Songs
The title of this post is more than a play on words off the title of this collection of songs. Fisher knows storytelling like a novelist does, and this is a particular gift that comes through in the music; and makes these songs experiences to immerse oneself in. Having heard some of these songs in tandem with stories that accompany them, it's amazing to hear them in this form with crisp production that respects the words and honors the musicianship of everyone involved. "Kissinger" most certainly qualifies as a modern epic folk song, and closing the record with "Phantom 309" acknowledges Robert's deep love of the roots that helped grow his own music, about which his knowledge is vast. On "Notes for a Novel," Robert has brought it all home. Recommended.

Steve Roberts

You Don't Hear Much of This Anymore
Honestly, I thought I'd left behind the singer-songwriter genre when the '70s curtain came down. The sound and the sentiment quickly became trite and stale and I moved on to other interests. Fisher's new release has forced me to re-evaluate my thinking.

Cogent lyrics that say something. Playing that fits the stories. Arrangements that serve the music. Holy crap, I thought you had to shout such anger over jangling guitars and crashing drums. I had forgotten that the roots of protest music, the roots of storytelling, lie with acoustic instruments and a quiet voice. It's a welcome re-acquaintance.

Fisher sings from the heart. His voice fits his music and his stories paint a picture you can practically reach out and touch. The guests who play on this release and the production values are top-notch.

Highly recommended.
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