Singer/Songwriter Brian Dolzani Releases New CD IF I DON'T SPEAK A WORD
Singer-songwriter Brian Dolzani crafts an impressive, intimate collection of personal stories on his new CD 'If I Don't Speak A Word'. With vocals that evoke early Neil Young, precise and often stinging lyrics, deceptively catchy melodies and a knack for building quietly painful anecdotes, Dolzani has delivered what might be described as a relationship album for those who've lost their voice along the way. Listen to samples HERE.
Dolzani, who has drawn warm comparisons to Jules Shear and Freedy Johnston, tackles broken connections with lovers as well as with family members, and recalls his father, who passed away tragically when Dolzani was 15. On powerful tracks such as 'Older Now', 'Broken' and 'Not As Lonely,' Dolzani's internal struggles are evident, as he articulates the Journey from childhood shyness and anxiety to the challenges of being a man navigating a complicated world.
Dolzani comments: This is very much a relationship record, the story of a 'seeker' coming to terms with where they are in life, what they have, what they want to be different; someone who is learning to find their strong voice and find themselves in relation to others, with the looming question of What might happen if I keep quiet? And the dissatisfied life that that may result in.
The album is currently available digitally, with broader distribution planned for the months ahead. Connecticut-native Dolzani has confirmed a series of shows in his home state (including a 5/21 concert opening for James McCartney,) with additional U.S. tour dates to be announced soon. Visit www.briandolzani.com/wp/shows/ for all upcoming concerts.
Growing up I was always the quietest and shyest kid in the class (yes, very much juxtaposed against being a singer/songwriter. Anyone who knew me in grade school is usually pretty shocked). For safety I learned to keep to myself, quietly observing the world around me, trying not to get hurt and trying to maintain a sense of self despite being in a world of many other kids and people. The loss of my dad when I was 15 really threw my personality into even further fear and feeling I had to hide myself away and go along with others in order to be safe. It always felt hard to be myself. This record symbolizes and documents a very long process of healing and recovery from self-denying habits; a second coming-of-age record (at 40) for those who may have lost their voice along the way in life. Learning to speak one's truth. I hope it sparks others to relate, or perhaps look deeper into themselves and sort out some old material, the stuff we all have hidden away, in order to self-actualize and feel whole and healthy; to be happy with oneself, which includes all the downs as well as ups.
Dolzani's TRACK-BY-TRACK Commentary:
-Older now: older and wiser, contemplative, self-learning, sort of a second coming-of-age.
-Reasons: rejecting toxic relationship, what's not good for you, also let go and let life carry us.
-Whether or Not: seeking faith, truth, questioning existence and redemption, admitting bad habits (some metaphorical).
-Before Goodnight: addressing dissatisfaction in relationship. Wondering if there's something better, knowing the pitfalls of long term relationship, realizing there are ways to both hurt and have a healthier relationship.
-Sail This Sea: struggling in relationship, knowing something's missing in you, and knowing you don't want to be alone either. Wanting badly to work it out. Asking the other person to see you clearly and not expect you to be more or different than you are. Also knowing 'we've been here before.'
-Broken: acknowledging the poor state that one is in. Digging for hope in healing, facing one's past, taking responsibility for it, knowing one can't be held up by someone else forever. Letting things break instead of being falsely held together in a dependent way.
-Not As Lonely: a peppier ode to finding solace in separateness and being alone vs. codependent.
-Hey Dad: detailed story of loss of father when young, a letter to a Deceased father.
-Wilted: story of a family who can't connect, a tough commentary on one's family. Breaking the myth of happily ever after. Putting hope in souls 'in love again'. But for now just wilting day after day, things aren't changing for the better.
-Fair: coming to terms with a relationship that wasn't what you expected. 'Nothing about this life is fair'.
-Autumn in Central Park: contemplation on love, what one needs to fill one's heart. Knowing oneself, one's heart, seeing so many other potential mates. Who's right? What do I want?
-I'm Sorry Now: apology for being difficult in relationship. Wanting to stand up for oneself. Acknowledging hurt, hate, pain, falling away from relationship. Hard to be away from someone. Wanting true love even with one's faults, for not speaking up and being afraid of oneself and taking it out on the other. The unfairness of one's behavior in relationship.
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