"Moon Light" CD review
by Bob Shiel, Chicago, Februari 2019.
A Poetic Folk Music Masterpiece
“Moon Light” is a poetic guitar/ukulele folk music masterpiece written, recorded, and mixed by Dutch troubadour Stefan van de Sande.
Think in terms of clear, simple, innocent, heart chakra openings throughout the 16 folk songs pulsing and sung with disarming vulnerability and integrity.
Most of the songs feature guitar/ukulele duets providing a rhythmic and melodic backdrop to impeccable sound production, sometimes telling of simple love between husband and wife, woman and man, or else just lullabies venerating and praising everyday beauty in mother nature in “Silver Lagoon”, candlelight in “Light”, the Scottish Highlands in “Water”, gratitude in “Praise My Life”, or gardens of Eden in “Summertime In Sweden.”
Other songs, such as “In My Dreams”, start with startling darkness only to meander to clairvoyant deep emotional security. Or, “Better”, a blistering condemnation of arrogant American over-reaching abuse of power. There is even a subtle wink at Bob Dylan’s “Farewell Angelina” in “Farewell”, but don’t blink, or you’ll miss it.
...to meander to clairvoyant deep emotional security.
“The Crystal Burn” and “Water” are two distinct takes of the same composition, as are “Step By Step” and the stepped up “Masters Never Run.” Melody cleverly explores European roots in “The End Of The Day” when Stefan’s baritone Dutch accent suddenly turns into an Irish tenor brogue in the chorus line.
“Moon Light” again and again hearkens back to Bob Dylan's “John Wesley Harding”
Last but not least, Bob Dylan fans are treated to a heartfelt “Every Grain Of Sand” that tells the truth.
Seen through the lens of the troubadour in Dylan, “Moon Light” again and again hearkens back to “John Wesley Harding”, perhaps Bob’s greatest LP “novel” as it were – of timeless lyrical parables and melodies, surely passing the test of time.