Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Great acoustic guitar work
Tim Brumfield | 11/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've had the privilage to play with J., and hear many of his works live. (he is my cousin, after all) I love his clear strong style on the acoustic guitar, and can't wait to share this CD with my friends."
J.D. Beard | A research vessel in the Arctic | 07/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Thank you Ben for the kind review. I remember the Willow Grove Park, and the roller coaster when I was a very young (4ys. old) singer-songwriter. Now the shopping mall that replaced the park faces the former Italian Deli/home of my youth, and the echoes of the coaster riders screams have been silenced like the memory of a dream sound is silent. All that rides within the soul becomes an offering to the sea, to stir or to divide, to cover, or to reveal and clarify. The ocean has its way with me for the time being, and I continue to write, inspired by the ice and northern lights, the crew and their amazing stories. Loneliness, isolation and sometimes danger, are my songwriting companions. They visited my last CD, (Ghost of the Willow Grove)but they live with me now for advanced and extended sessions. Is there another CD in the future? I don't know, but I suggest you maintain a vigilant watch..."
A good album to listen to on a cold day.
Geraad@juno.com | Ridgefield NJ | 03/06/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I first heard J.D. Beard play on a street corner in Burlington Vermont. This CD beautifully captures Beards blending of a maritime sound and traditional folk themes. His guitar wizardry on the opening two minutes of Harmonic Ecstasy truly shows his technical capabilities. The slow lament of The Ghost of Willow Grove reminds me of Gordon Lightfoot's Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald. I can't help but imagine myself on the Maine coast, sitting in a seaside pub, the wind and rain blowing to gale force, sitting in front of a fire, every time I listen to the disc. I can only hope that Beard can follow up with the same feeling as this first recording."