The cover of the CD is simple and to the point. It is just a man with his guitar in the wide open spaces. When you first open John Salaway’s CD, “The Song in the Air,” you are immediately greeted by a CD with a dark blue label that is reminiscent of an old album or 45 rpm record. It has a blue “label” and the outside looks like a vinyl record of olden days. I am going to get right to the point because I have a lot to say about this CD. The first song:
01-Song in the Air
The first impression on this song as it played is that Mr. Salaway must have been influenced by the Beatles. This sounds as if it could have come off an album by the fab four. Not the mix but the overall feel of the song, and that is certainly not a bad thing and a great way to start off a CD.
This song simply rocks. If anyone out there is familiar with the new alternative bands out there, this one could easily fall into rotation on an alternative station. But it also has a quaintness that would be equally as at home on a classic rock format.
The title of the song is most appropriate and the song immediately put me in a seventies frame of mind. Back to a time when music had substance and lyrics told a story. The acoustic guitar was well done and gave me a nice mellow feel. A nice positive feel
04- Bless Your Heart
This is a nice uplifting song that like the opening tune puts you in the frame of mind of the Beatles. The lilting repeating title floats through your mind throughout the song. It left me wanting more and I thought it just ended too soon I wanted it to continue on.
05-Only Love Can Save Us Now
A nice message about how everyone needs the help that love can give us and as the title says only love can do that and save us. This has some definite John Lennon influence and even Mr. Salaway’s voice at times is very Lennonique.
06-Looking For someone
Interesting choice of instruments and what is even stranger is that they work very well together. Most people might have chosen a full drum set to punch the song up but the choice of sparse percussion here only enhances the overall mood of the tune.
The long ending from the previous track segues into this tune. It asks the question that makes the listener want to indeed be happy. There is some underlying unhappiness that sets the theme very well for this song and gives it a nice bed from which to work. The lead is somewhat acid 60s rock, I love it.
08-I Am On Your Side
Musically this song feels very eighties. Lyrically it is right up to date. IT fits nicely in the context of the entire CD and if your look past the temptation to tap your feet you find a very deep rooted meaning in the lyrics.
09-Time to Make a Change
If you are a Tom Petty fan you’ll love the feel of the song. Not that he sounds like Petty but the song has that living room feeling that Tom Petty puts in his songs. If you look down and your feet are not moving then check your pulse, you might be dead and don’t know it! The song is simply a nice tune and I think I’ll be humming it later.
10-Make It Better
The opening guitar work, while nothing special by today’s standards sets the song up to be great. It is a nice positive way to end a project. This is proof that a beautiful song doesn’t need to be highly produced and over saturated in instruments to get its point across and to be lovely.
Overall, the CD is great and leaves me with a desire to dig out my old Beatles CDs and play them. This CD is one that could and should find its way into any true music lover’s collection. There is a bit of something there for everyone, and not one of the songs disappoints.
It is well recorded and well mixed, and the only thing that I can say about it negatively is that the 34 minutes and 48 seconds flew by and it ended way too soon.
Visit John at his website at: http://www.johnsalaway.com/