Walk With Me review- By Devon Jackson

on August 6, 2013 in Music

After a slightly gospel-y opening, but with a definitively bluesier guitar than most gospel-based ballads, “Walk With Me” wastes no time in focusing on what most matters: the lyrics. Or maybe more to the point: the rhythm of the lyrics. Bowdoin has a gift for choosing and arranging his words in an iambic pentameter-y way so that there’s a mellifluous flow to the words, such that this lilt supercedes the words themselves. The music and the meaning of the lyrics may verge on the treacly turf of adult contemporary stars like Dan Fogelberg or Celine Dion but that’s almost beside the point. Or at least I chose to interpret them that way, given that the words, the narrative, didn’t hue to the clearest of lines (it’s as if there are two or three “stories” being told here about this man, who’s about to set out on a journey, who can’t do it alone, trying to convince this woman to leave the cold, dark place she’s in—and to walk with him into some better place). The ultimate message, though, is to Walk with me. Which taps into an age-old emotion, and an age-old conceit of gospel. And that works. And that alone carries and propels the song—musically and emotionally. What was less effective was the music, which is a bit flat. I would’ve preferred either more production (more buildup, more crescendo) or a stripping-down of everything to its bluesy minimalism.

3 Responses to “Favorite Music Pieces”

  1. Sarah VB says:

    I think I remember watching something on VH-1 (Behind the Music, probably) that said that Bat Out of Hell was originally intended as a rock opera for an updated Peter Pan storyline. Sometimes I wonder how that would have played out onstage.

    • Bowdoin says:

      I vaguely remember seeing that as well. I don’t think there is enough narrative in the Bat out of Hell trilogy to actually stage anything directly from the songs, but if there is some grand epic plot line that ties them all together I’d be the first in line to see that fireworks display.

  2. Fan #24601 says:

    “Bowdoin has a gift for choosing and arranging his words in an iambic pentameter-y way so that there’s a mellifluous flow to the words” – Devon Jackson. He’s not wrong there! However I don’t agree with this bit: “What was less effective was the music, which is a bit flat.” I thought that the music was lovely, and really enjoyed the it. In fact, on more than one occasion I have wished to myself for there to be instrumental versions of the song. Being 100% honest, it’s partially because I love the music, and partially because I want to do karaoke with the songs… 😀

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