In November of final 12 months, I obtained a chilly name by Fb Messenger from an individual I had by no means met earlier than, asking me to take a look at their home live performance on Vimeo. Just a few weeks later, the identical artist dropped in on my Messenger to ask me to take a look at their Christmas launch, after which a number of weeks later, that very same artist wrote to me by Messenger with a brand new CD to assessment. I felt very impolite and really dismissive for having replied to none of that individual’s messages however the factor is: I not often take a look at Messenger, tending to deal with my e mail inbox for enterprise correspondences. Nonetheless, I promised D.C. Anderson that I might discover a time to do him a stable concerning his tasks, particularly the album Home Live performance – however I began along with his video on Vimeo – clearly, the place the place all of it started.
What I discovered on his Home Live performance video was an affable man, now not a theatrical juvenile, not but a candidate for retirement, seated on a stool subsequent to a fine-looking (and sounding) piano, performing a set for a lounge by which a handful (judging by applause) of individuals whose laughter twittered when he stated one thing amusing, and who appeared related to his musical storytelling. The sort-faced Cameron carried out his seventy-minute program fully from his stool, speaking on to his small viewers, exactly the best way a storyteller ought to, and singing his random setlist whereas steadily studying his lyrics off of a music stand. By this level in my tenure, everybody is aware of the distaste I’ve for artists who learn their lyrics, and the truth that this was a live performance taking place from Mr. Anderson’s lounge appeared to compound my irritation for the presence of sheet music and cheat sheets. In reality, it might need been forgivable if this have been a cabaret present with an arc, requiring occasional prompts, but it surely was, by sheer advantage of the present’s title, a Home Live performance. Any outdated random track would do, there needn’t be even a chunk of paper earlier than him to inform him what songs to sing; Anderson may have simply referred to as out the identify of his subsequent tune and launched into it. As a substitute, there was this vintage music stand stuffed with sheets and sheets of paper that the singer would flip by, make the most of, after which throw on the ground, and a few of them, on-line graphics advised the viewer (this reviewer, to be actual), have been songs with lyrics by he, himself. And these cheeks burned with anger, and this jaw clenched in frustration, and this head shook with judgment.
However I couldn’t deny that D.C. Anderson has a stunning, mild, sweet-natured high quality about him, and a transparent respect for the telling tales. With every track, Anderson invested himself and his talent into the telling of tales. Might I be forgiving sufficient to let go of preconceived notions from the viewing of the video and type a subjective opinion on the album Home Live performance, all by itself benefit?
So I put the album in my cellphone and listened to it. I listened to it a number of instances in order that I may make sure of what I considered the outing; I listened to it a number of instances over a number of weeks, to get additional and additional away from the sight of that doggone music stand filled with cheat sheets. And that is what I’ve to say:
Home Live performance is an effective album. It is vitally paying homage to the albums I purchased on the Cabaret Conference within the early Nineties – albums that have been self-produced by the artist, with simply them and a microphone and a piano, albums that had a random set of songs that the artist wished to sing, however that might have been positioned in any order on the CD since there gave the impression to be no trajectory of imaginative and prescient guiding the album. They have been albums of cabaret singers, wishing to get their work on the market. And D.C. Anderson is a cabaret singer. I am unsure he’s a home live performance singer. This can be a voice, a expertise, and a storyteller of the cabaret aesthetic. Even on the album Home Live performance, you’ll be able to hear D.C. Anderson telling tales, and it occurs instantly with a stunning, emotionally invested, articulate efficiency of “Some Enchanted Night” that’s tender, theatrical, and visceral with out ever changing into coy. Mr. Anderson shouldn’t be afraid to make use of all of the elements of his coaching with regards to the telling of his tales, he’s not afraid of being considered affected or pretentious. When he performs this track, along with his mouth justthisclose to the microphone, virtually whispering these well-known Rodgers & Hammerstein phrases and notes, for probably the most good impact doable, the listener will know that D.C. Anderson has come to inform tales.
And storytellers are so vital.
On his thirty-two-minute album, Anderson makes use of songs from various songwriters to point out his storytelling versatility, performing every part from musical theater to folks songs to the ballads for which he appears to have a selected predilection. He tends to keep away from up-tempos, although there are one or two on the album – a jaunty “Sooner or Later” is sort of enjoyable however a parody of “Cannot Assist Loving That Man of Mine” falls completely flat as one thing that’s utterly and completely misplaced amongst all these profound and fairly ballads. There may be, although, wonderful dramatic pressure in “Loopy Nonetheless to Do” (certainly one of Anderson’s personal) and excessive coronary heart in Todd Almond‘s fantastically haunting “God is Good” and Anderson is profitable at inserting admirable deal with altering the textures of his vivid and open vocals to match the emotional hues of every composition. His years of coaching as an actor be part of palms with the pure readability of his voice to offer every of the eleven songs with their very own presentation – as if every track is a portray unto itself and Anderson is utilizing his voice because the grasp craftsman created body getting used to, greatest, show the painter’s creation.
Specific highlights for this author have been a quantity from the Anne of Inexperienced Gables musical (“I Wanna Know”), Brourman & Rollins lilting and touching “Whereas There Is Nonetheless Time,” and Anderson’s personal “Music for Artists,” composed along with his sister, Claudia Anderson. The track, the efficiency, and the message are all completely lovely and the Andersons ought to hunt down artists from all genres to take their shot at decoding the composition, one which this author needs everybody would know. It is vitally paying homage to my favourite monitor from the Nancy LaMott Stunning Child album, the straightforward and eloquent “In Passing Years” by Rick Jensen. That album by LaMott, by the best way, is a kind of CDs I purchased at a cabaret conference – a CD the place it was simply Nancy and some musicians in a recording studio, getting her music on the market. Though Home Live performance is simply Anderson and pianist David Robison, the vibe could be very a lot the identical as Stunning Child – a cabaret album of a cabaret performer telling tales with emotion, good music, and fantastic deal with the artwork type of storytelling.
D.C. Anderson HOUSE CONCERT is a 2022 launch on the Davecamson Music label and is on the market on all platforms.