CD: "Everything Has Changed"
Review By: Len Rogers
New music always is an excitement for me. Needless to say discovering a new artist's music is doubly so. Doug Strahm and his new CD "Everything has Changed" is no exception to that excitement. Doug first came to my attention via You Tube and emails I was receiving about his "Leaving It Behind" video. A very powerful and emotional music video which is making a mark on charts and people. I am not going to give away the video's end but do want to share that this music video is on target both socially and with regard to current times. See for yourself here. Do be prepared to react and maybe have a Kleenex handy.
Doug Strahm has the ability to write lyrics which touch and are easy to associate with one's own life and experiences. Of course Strahm had me at track one with worlds like Quarter and Southern Decadence! "Everything has Changed" continues to interest, excite, and intrigue with each track. Deep lyrics presented with catchy melodies combine with just out and out fun for a stellar good time. Doug's vocal talents are a compliment to his lyrical abilities. Strahm weaves all this talent and sensitivity together with music and accompaniment that drives his message, and talent home.
Topics and themes are universal and well understood. "Your Love" is a wondrous song about parenting, relationships and time. "Better This Way" takes a look at relationships 'under the radar' and how we and those in those relationships might feel. I literally applauded "my Religion" at first listen. And Strahm closes it all with "Who's Gonna Get Lucky", a danceable and well known weekend bar night question. All in all, "Everything Has Changed" is a fun and "get ya movin'" experience that touches the heart and lifts the mind.
Doug Strahm's debut CD is an excellent example of what a tempered artist can bring to the art world, and that is a very good thing! Community and social relativity are at an all time high on "Everything Has Changed". Lyrically Strahm has a sensitivity and tongue in cheek ability much like that of another well know community artist, Mark Weigle. Not a sounds like but maybe feels like. Bottom line here, get a copy of "Everything Has Changed" this is a CD not to miss. I think we will be hearing a lot about and from Doug Strahm in the future!
For all information about Doug Strahm check out Doug's website.
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