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CD Review: Jaime Michaels, "little dreams"

Mar 26, 2000
Kimmy Sophia Brown

Jaime Michael, a New Englander by birth, comes from parents who likeso many lucky musicians, were both pianists. His mother's preference for gospel and his dad's love of boogie have both influenced this acoustic guitarist and song writer who now resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Jaime has written a beautiful collection of songs on his CD, "little dreams". They range from my personal favorite, the sweet "Almost Daedalus", which conveys a childlike innocence;

"...There isno simple way to fall,
the only choice is solid ground.
but that's the biggest thrill of all,
to see the colors spinning round..."

To the spunky cut, "Steal Light", which is a bluesy dialoguebetween God and the devil;

"...God don'tlisten if you're lying when you're praying...

and

"...tell mewhat you want,
tell me your every heart's desire
tell it to the breeze
tell it to the sea
tell it to your mama
they have all listened to me..."

"Every Little Dream" shines as a funky little song with a howlingharmonica and a tinkling Louisiana style piano;

"...but myprayers took wing and flew to heaven,
and you're the angel lying next to me.
Speak through your heart and God might listen
to every little dream."

On the cut, "Never Be the Same", which is about a friend'sbattle with substance abuse, Jaime's fine tenor voice is reminiscent of Neil Young. The album is comprised of mainly quiet songs - messages of hope and poetic images of the seasons and creation. His warm heart is even further underscored by the name of his production company; frumdaheart productions.

People who enjoy acoustic music will appreciate Jaime Michaels' contributionto the genre.

Kimmy Sophia Brown has loved humor and music and freedom for as long as she can remember.She is especially passionate about the environment and caring for animals.

She writes the column "From the Back Porch" as well as reviews of music in her column "MusicViews". Her goal in her music reviews is to introduce music she loves to people who may not have heard that particular artist or CD. For information about how to submit a CD for review, click here.

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