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Jim Trick - Buying the Field

~ CD Review ~

Sep 11, 2013
Kimmy Sophia Brown

Jim Trick’s music has a comfortable and appealing style. His voice is in the Lyle Lovett camp, he looks a bit like Elvis Costello, and the arrangements remind me of Bruce Hornsby or Shawn Colvin. I am drawn in by his emotional and handsome voice. The songs have a flying feeling, the lyrics are encouraging, and there is a feeling of love present.

My favorite cut of all is called, “Lucky Enough.” I bet Lyle Lovett would want to record it.
    
“I live in my truck ‘cause I like it that way.
And I throw old bread on the roof of my truck and I can hear the birds when they take it away.”

This is a spare song, just Jim’s voice, an acoustic guitar and a national steel guitar.

These are message songs, that reflect a life of thought and prayer.

The song “Where Were You?” asks,

“Where were you when I was alone and trembling?”

In “Learning to Love,” there is a line,

“I was never alone on my worst day.
I’m still not at home, but I’m on my way.
I’m learning to love, your love.”


“Never Out of Black” has a particularly evocative and sorrowful atmosphere. Maybe a song written for Johnny Cash!

“Remember Tonight” has a smooth jazz rhythm and a theme of conscience.

“The foodless and the shoeless raise their hands,
I tune my guitar. Remember tonight,”

and

“You’re telling me that we should only help our own?
So I ask you who doesn’t belong to Him?”

By now I more than suspect that Jim is a man of faith, but he doesn’t clobber the listener with the message. He hints though, especially in the song, ‘Hold Onto Hope.” He incorporates a line from the old song, “We Are One in the Spirit”:

“...and they’ll know we are Christians by our love...”

He repeats the refrain “by our love” four times, with his whole heart.

I believe him.

You can learn more about speaker, life-coach and songwriter, Jim Trick, at his website: jimtrick.com.

Press Photo used by permission of Jim Trick

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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