by Paul Landkamer
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Well, here goes. I offer arists, whose music I review, a chance to suggest changes or make comments on reviews I write. Tony Prince, or "D'livahh", offers a full commentary on his own work, and on my review. Read on and enjoy!
MY OWN REVIEW OF MY MUSIC
Rock On is a somewhat eclectic mix of rock,
80's techno and rap, celebrating truth and
life, the way God intended. Some of the tunes
are personal to the artist, others are of a exhorting nature, and some have just some good ol' humor in them.
Track 1: "O Artist" This is about the artist
himself, after having suffered oppression from
the devil, people, and sometimes even relatives,
breaking out and realizing his calling/gifting, to
"come forth" and answer the call to play. Sometimes even well-meaning friends can "miss" in their words of advice, and hinder God's given call to ministry or career, to be done in God's way . . . the way he made us.
Track 2: "Deliver Doc" The Doctor is in, Dr. Jesus, that is. Even though the artist seems to take on the mantle of Deliver Doc (knowing the scriptures point out that "the delivers shall
come out of Mt. Zion"), it is ultimately Jesus who is the true deliverer. He promised to "surround us with songs of deliverance", and everybody needs some, even christians.
Track 3: "Come Today" The childhood dreams of a better life, and desires to be fulfilled, longing, searching . . . are finally realized one day, when he least expected it. And Today, he's finally walking in his dream.
Track 4: "I Will" A prophetic song, sung by the Lord to His body. Message? True revival will only come through surrender to the Holy Spirit, worship and hearts that want more. Then God's magnificent promises can come shining forth.
Track 5: "Electric Man" You had to be there. Folks getting shut off just because they didn't pay the additional 2 cents or so on their bill, etc. Yes, it's another personal story about being poor, and dealing with an unyielding system. So, why not find humor in it instead? You got to admit, it must be quite a sight to see this old lady chasing the truck driver calling out, "Electric Man! I've got your check! Now bring my meter back right now!" Don't take it too seriously.
Track 6: "Rebellious Child/RC Jam" This song is about a woman, and her daughter . . . which is the reason it has been revised from 1984 when it first came out. The song says it all. Just a note though: the organ solo sounds a lot like Ray Manzarek of the Doors. The artist says he didn't
plan it that way. It just sort of happened.
Track 7: "The Great Falling Away" It's really a warning song to the Church . . . watch out for the false brethren, and apostates who infiltrate the body claiming to be something and do not walk in the Love and Power of God!
Track 8: "How Far His Mercy" In true Western "Ghost Rider" fashion, a message about how, no matter what happens on earth, God's mercy will go a whole lot farther than any of us could ever imagine! The inferences to the Waco debacle are
apparent. Really love the ending with all the cool sound effects.
Track 9: "Breakin' The Curses" This tune is also prophetic, part personal and part exhortation. It's really talking about the fact there are generational curses, witchcraft curses and other kinds of curses that cause a PATTERN to develop in
one's life causing him to perhaps "miss out on some of the good life". This is coming from the perspective of a saved christian person, who unbeknownst to him, has fallen into many pitfalls, not all of his own making. Once he finds the
secret revelation that unlocks the mystery, he can get set free. And thus, "BREAK!" is the rock anthem, and formula to getting rid of all those dreadful curses, so that this brother/sister is no longer held captive by bondages. He can finally
live for God in Victory.
Track 10. "That's The Way It Is" Pastor Pat, alter ego, brings a message to you, to tell you how frustrating it is to live in this world with so-called christians, hypocrites, and abusive people. The solution: "Get wisdom, know thyself, and love the truth". The chorus encourages us to remember that LIFE is meant to be LIVED and ENJOYED, not legislated and eroded.
Track 11: "Deep Calls Unto DEEP" A direct reference from the Psalms. Very deep in meaning, too. Actually written by the artist's wife, "Deep" is a cry of the heart to God for intimacy. Hear the quasi-whale sounds in the background? Also, notice that guitar solo is not unlike David Gilmour (of Pink Floyd). Which was also . . . not planned.
All in all, the retro and prog rock influences of this music can be felt throughout the album. The artist DLivahh has been compared to others, but prefers to stick with the word "different". Hope that helps you understand the songs better. And always, Thanks 4 Listening, and ROCK ON!
TONY "DLIVAHH" PRINCE
There you have it. He's got more technical knowledge than I, and the music is more near and dear to his heart. I've heard some artists think of their work as almost their children. When you put your heart into something, you love it dearly. Jesus put His all into us.
Keep Jesus first!
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