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Treehouse Journals
Dean Friedman
Treehouse Journals
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Jazz, Pop, Rock
 
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A masterpiece of Americana, The Treehouse Journals is an eclectic mix of folk, country, pop, jazz and rock which depicts, in subtle and intimate detail, the feelings and textures of life in small-town USA, following the ...  more »

     
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All Artists: Dean Friedman
Title: Treehouse Journals
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Real Life Records
Release Date: 11/5/2002
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Styles: Easy Listening, Singer-Songwriters, Soft Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 690321000522

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A masterpiece of Americana, The Treehouse Journals is an eclectic mix of folk, country, pop, jazz and rock which depicts, in subtle and intimate detail, the feelings and textures of life in small-town USA, following the trauma of 9/11. In his inimitable literary-song style, Friedman, proves himself, once again, to be a master craftsman and songsmith, offering up track after track of rich and colorful story-songs, short stories set to music, each of which vividly offers up a portrait of ordinary people, navigating the sea of modern life and grappling, as best they can with these extraordinary times. With the thirteen songs that comprise The Treehouse Journals , Friedman again demonstrates his ability to combine gently whimsy with profound emotional impact as he sings engaging, melodic songs about real life - troublemaking kids, mischievous pets, loyal friends, hope and healing following trauma and depression, and the powerful emotions inherent in our relationship to our family, community and ultimately the country and world we live in. In the tradition of his debut breakout single Ariel, Friedman delivers ear-catching melodies and harmonies wedded perfectly to cinematic lyrics, creating unique and original songs that conjure up vivid life scenes, which resonate and are familiar to us all. This artfully produced album has a more acoustic bent than Friedmans previous work, the critically acclaimed, Songs for Grownups [Real Life Records]. Even while sharing sonic space with assorted rock/pop/jazz elements, the down-home country textures on The Treehouse Journals guitars, fiddles, banjos, harmonicas, upright bass and dobros featured on the album, provide the essential sitting-in-the-backyard, hanging-out-in-the-Treehouse, sentiment that lies at the heart of this beautiful collection of musical treats. A standout track, among many, is the powerful and stirring, George Washington Slept Here , a timely American epic that celebrates the core of this country's great spirit and awesome heritage revealed in a poetic ode to our founding father, George Washington, first president of the United States. The other equally compelling tracks, including The Wind Blows , You and Me, Babe , The Saddest Girl in The Whole Wide World and Picture Postcard Life and the rest, all combine to provide a uniquely pleasurable listening experience for the die-hard fan and newcomer alike.
 

CD Reviews

The song's the thing!
J. Moore | Grenada, MS United States | 01/22/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After putting out two of the finest singer-songwriter albums of all time in the 70's, Dean has been quietly writing and singing while pursuing other avenues of creativity. This latest homegrown effort is one that definitely grows on you. The unique voice hasn't aged in 25 years. The quirkiness of lyric and the eclectic musical stylings are still very much in evidence though the subject matter is very much more mature, family focused than the earlier themes of urban, youthful, single malehood.Although the musical style is more rootsy and folky than earlier works the lyrical stance has kept pace with Dean's core audience, 40+ folks who have survived the frenetic pace of youth and lived to reflect on more rooted values as family, friendship and kids as well as the trials of the family pet!
Dean, I love it........I feel like I'm listening to my own heart.
Oh, by the way....the stand - out songs?...."Summer Days", "One Autumn Afternoon", "George Washington Slept Here", " No school today""
TREE HOUSE JOURNALS FROM AN IRISH FAN
john crofton | clane, co. kildare Ireland | 11/13/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

"THE STANDOUT TRACKS FOR ME ARE " YOU AND ME BABE & THE SADEST GIRL IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD". POSSIBLE NOT AS GOOD AS "SONGS FOR GROWNUPS" BUT STILL TYPICAL FRIEDMAN. THIS ALBUM WAS FINANCED BY HIS FANS (INCLUDING MYSELF) AND GIVES DEAN THE SCOPE TO DO HIS OWN THING WITHOUT THE RECORD COMPANY BUTTING IN. IF YOU LIKE FRIEDMANS LOOK AT LIFE, THIS IS A MUST & DON'T FORGET HE IS PROMISING ANOTHER ALBUM NEXT YEAR...."