Reﬂections (WF0701) 1977
This particular Siloam is from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Gilroy, California. It appears to be mostly the work of songwriter, singer and guitarist David Duerr, but there are numerous folks assisting him. Reﬂections is a delightful two-disc amateur production that often recalls two of my favorite folk/folk-rock groups: God Unlimited and Ellis & Lynch. Musically there’s a broad range of styles, yet the album has a sincere cohesive quality from start to ﬁnish. Gentle male/female harmonies are the norm, acoustic guitars, piano, bass, drums, electric guitar, sometimes embellished with ﬂute, oboe or recorder. Home-made brass and strings also show up periodically, but they didn’t bother me one bit. ‘Feelin’ Free’, ‘You Are You’, ‘Thanks To Our Maker’, ‘Your Birthday’, ‘I Am Your Instrument Lord’ and ‘Thank You So Much Jesus’ all have softly—ﬂowing worshipful melodies similar to later God Unlimited, while ‘More Abundantly’ brings to mind the folk/pop of Gamble Folk. The ballads “Life Is Like A Flower In The Desert’ and ‘Make Me Like Your Mountains Lord’ stand out with their mesmerizing ethereal beauty. Some rock moments with psychy organ and electric guitar, most notably ‘Psalm 100’. Also side trips into country, solemn choral/classical, a touch of marimba on ‘Proverbs 3:5-6’, even a bit of experimental rock opera on the ten-minute ‘Woe Be To The Nation’ which includes wah-wah guitar, trippy organ, a screaming baby, gloomy Gregorian harmonies and dynamic spoken portions. Gate-fold cover with lyrics inside. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
I have not acquired this album yet. Thank you Donald for the inside gate-fold and rear cover photos.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-3||Life Is Like A Flower On The Desert|
|1-4||You Are You|
|1-5||This Do In Remembrance Of Me|
|2-3||Thanks To Our Maker|
|2-4||Proverbs 3:5, 6|
|3-3||I Am Your Instrument Lord|
|3-4||Woe Be To The Nation|
|4-2||Sittin’ In His Sunshine|
|4-3||From This Day Forth|
|4-4||Thank You So Much Jesus|
|4-5||Make Me Like Your Mountains Lord|