New album from singer/songwriter Severin Browne reflect life experiences
(Published: March 01, 2012)
Singer/songwriter Severin Browne delivers an indelible plot twist in the opening cut of his new album Lucky Man (A Songwriter's Notebook), which actually happens to be the title track. As the story unfolds, narrated by Browne with his warm, friendly voice, he sees a homeless man outside of a restaurant and realizes how blessed he is. Browne is simply illustrating how we take life for granted; we should be thankful for being able to experience fine dining, as the unfortunate are not given such opportunities.
Then Browne delivers the knockout punch.
Browne starts to recognize the ragged individual. Not only did the man used to go to school with him, but he was also a popular jock who often beat him up. As years pass, situations turn tables, and statuses are flip-flopped. Browne sings the tale with a detached, observational tone. This isn't a song about revenge; it's a lesson in humility.
Lyricists such as Browne are a rare breed in these days of stream-of-consciousness poets. Juggling elements of folk, country, and jazz, Browne recalls the architects of the early ‘70s singer/songwriter boom. "When It's Right It's Right" recalls the plaintive confessions of James Taylor, hauntingly embellished by Jean Sudbury's swirling violin. "Enough for Us" echoes country's twang past, liberated from the studio sugarcoating of contemporary Nashville.
According to Browne, the tracks on Lucky Man (A Songwriter's Notebook) stretch back decades. "This album of songs is all about my love of songwriting and spans quite a few years of my life," he revealed. "There are love songs, friend songs, fun songs, story songs - but most of all they are just songs to be enjoyed for what they are."
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