Eric Slavin – Serenade
UR Music 2009
Listen while reading:
Anthem (from Serenade)
Always By Your Side (from Serenade)
Today I present you something special. As we all love acoustic guitars and the unique sound of them I think we all must love Eric Slavin’s first solo release called Serenade. But let me say some words about him in case you have not heard of him yet. Slavin is a professional guitar player who studied guitar and music in many countries and under many popular names such as John Marlow, Miguel Piva or Guido Santorsola. Later he became a founding member of the famous Santa Fe Guitar Quartet. And now after over 20 years of performing with it he has released his first solo CD.
So let’s not talk about the skills of this man playing his instrument – pure professionalism without any doubts. It’s fascinating how the compositions differ. Even though Slavin does not sing to his music the tracks vary widely in style and mood. Sometimes they are melancholic, sometimes they are dark and sad but then they are also full of hope and vitality. The fact that he plays nylon string guitar gives even more warmth and ease to those deeply emotional tunes.
If you compare this music to folk you may think there are different ideas behind them both. And you are right, I think. But why should we care about ideas instead of caring about the feeling that lies in the music itself? And I think if you come from this point of view, there are not so many differences. I have to admit that I don’t know much about the famous composers for acoustic guitar of these days and I’m also not very familiar with this kind of music. But what I know is when music goes straight from your ears into your heart – and this music does.
I recommend to get your copy of Serenade at cdbaby.com, check out Eric Slavin’s homepage and then sit down, dim the light, get a good glass of wine, close your eyes and dream away on those soft waves of entrancement. Caution: If you play this record in repeat mode you can loose your sense of time in extenso.