Joe D’Amico recently released this video for “Asleep In My Shoes”, the title track from the album ‘Asleep In My Shoes’ (2011). As a fan, I’m happy to be able to just listen to the song but this video really adds a new dimension to the song. The visuals compliment the feel of the song without destroying the song’s integrity or overwhelming the viewer with embellished imagery. All in all, the video for “Asleep In My Shoes” is concise creativity yielding a great music video that works – watch it and I’m sure you’ll agree.
The First Hundred Years Are The Hardest
(Chris Kasper, 2011)
1. Walking on Water
2. Blue It Be
3. Once You Start, Away You Go
4. Safe And Sound
5. Reason to Believe
6. (Little Parade Down) Baltimore St
7. Miss Augustine
8. Feast My Eyes
9. Every Now and Then
10. You Are What You Are
11. *Skipping Stones
‘The First Hundred Years Are The Hardest’ by Chris Kasper is said to be the final installment in the FlyingBoy Trilogy (FlyingBoy, Chasing Another Sundown). And if that is the case then it’s a very bittersweet end. ‘The First Hundred Years Are The Hardest’ takes Chris Kasper’s incredible singer-songwriter skills that is evident in all his previous works and broadens it to include a slightly more musically experimental side. So, what might have been a risk to many artists reveals itself as the pure brilliance in Kasper’s diverse sound. ‘The First Hundred Years Are The Hardest’ is a memorable listening experience that no ears should be deprived of.
‘The First Hundred Years Are The Hardest’ begins with the ethereal tones of “Walking On Water” that song has an effortless feel similar to the feel in “Safe And Sound”. “Blue It Be” is not only about the color blue but feeling blue (but the pulsing drum will wipe away any blues and make you want to dance). “Once You Start, Away You Go” starts off somewhat slow and mellow but breaks open with a rockin’ heaviness that is marvelous. Aww, “(Little Parade Down) Baltimore St.” has such an infectious melody adding that extra hint of beauty to the song. For now, “Miss Augustine” is my favorite track because I love that vocal effect, electric drum sequence and those all too important oo’s. Plus, “one day I may be stronger” is some lyrical optimism that we can all use. More, lyrical optimism can be found in “Every Now And Then” with “every now and then I build myself up from the ground.” But if we’re talking about those deep, thought provoking, intelligent lyrics that Kasper delivers we got to include “you are what you are even when you hide.” Man, sometimes I think Chris Kasper is a lyrical genius.
I honestly could go on and on about how awesome an album ‘The First Hundred Years Are The Hardest’ is but I’d rather just end this review here so we can all go and listen to this album and enjoy it. So, give ‘The First Hundred Years Are The Hardest’ a listen and I guarantee you’ll be blown away by how good this album is.
Also, since it’s that time of year with all these polls and whatnot I’d like to say that ‘The First Hundred Years Are The Hardest’ by Chris Kasper wholeheartedly deserved its spot on my list of Top 10 Albums of 2011. I just want to listen to ‘The First Hundred Years Are The Hardest’ again and again and again and…
[LISTEN] “Once You Start, Away You Go” from ‘The First Hundred Years Are The Hardest’ by Chris Kasper
Thank you to Chris Kasper, Andrew Lipke and all involved in this album – job well done!
Sorry, I only have a few pictures because I was too busy enjoying the show. The Academy of Music is by far the nicest venue I’ve ever been in — it is amazing. To see Amos Lee perform in this amazing venue was incredible. The last time I saw Amos Lee in concert was almost a year ago to the date in Delaware at the Grand Opera House (Nov. 6, 2010) and I thought that show was wonderful – last night’s show was a million times better. It was so nice to hear a small horn section and string quartet added into the arrangement of some of the songs. Amos Lee’s set began with “El Camino”, had a bunch of other songs and stories before ending with an encore of “Arms Of A Woman” and an awesome cover of Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain”. If you were not at this show last night you really missed something magical.
I’m a music enthusiast – and proud of it.
Chris Kasper played to a sold out crowd at World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, PA) for ‘The First Hundred Years Are The Hardest’ CD Release Show and it was incredible. The live version of these songs sounded so unbelievably good that I could not imagine anyone walking away from that show Friday night disappointed. On stage along with Chris Kasper (vocals, guitar) was Andy Keenan (guitar, banjo), Phil D’Agostino (bass), Kevin Killen (drums), and Jaron Olevsky (keys). Kiley Ryan and Adrien Reju also joined in on backing vocals for a few songs. I definitely have some great memories from this amazing show.
Earlier in the evening there was a set by Adrien Reju. Reju had the honor of opening the show and she played a lovely set accompanied by Jaron Olevsky on keys. Reju played several new songs and I hope that there is a new album in the works. To put it plain and simple – Adrien Reju is a great songwriter with a wonderful voice. It was nice to see Olevsky on keys again (he’s a part of Reju’s band from time to time) because his playing is impressive. Adrien Reju’s set was followed by a set by Vandaveer. I apologize for not really paying much attention to Vandaveer’s music. At that point in the show my mind was too occupied with thoughts of “when is Chris Kasper going to play?”
11/12/11 – Chris Kasper at Rockwood Music Hall (NYC)
11/19/11 – Vandaveer at Rams Head Tavern (Annapolis, MD)
11/19/11 – Vandaveer at The Red Place (Washington, DC)
Chris Kasper – “Blue It Be” from ‘The First Hundred Years are the Hardest’
“Blue It Be” is a song from Chris Kasper’s new album, ‘The First Hundred Years are the Hardest’. I’ve been a fan of this song ever since I heard it live months ago – even when I misheard a few lyrics. I’m glad that the new album is finally being released so I can play it as often as I choose. “Blue It Be” is yet another great example of Chris Kasper’s songwriting brilliance.
“If blue it is, then blue it be – just like the one sky, like the seven seas.”
WXPN welcomes Chris Kasper CD Release Show at World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, PA) on Friday, November 4, 2011 | Show 8:00pm | With: Vandaveer, Adrien Reju | Tickets: HERE | All Ages
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