MichaelChapdelaine, "Grapevine",Santa Fe, New Mexico
Remember those old Venn diagrams from math classes? Twocircles sharing a small common area. The teacher would ask whatelements were in each circle & whether there were any "commonelements" shared by both circles.
Suppose there was a diagram of champion guitarists. Circle"A" contains all Guitar Foundation of America classicalguitar champions. Circle "B" contains all National FingerstyleChampions. The intersection or common area of Circles A&Bwould contain all guitarists who have won both GFA Championship& National Fingerstyle Championship.
Question: How many guitarists are in the intersection orcommon area of Circles A&B?
Answer: As the Venn diagram above shows, a grand total of1 guitarist has won both GFA & National Fingerstyle Championships:Michael Chapdelaine.
Currently a Professor of Guitar at the University of NewMexico, Michael's newest release "Grapevine" is whathappens when the only combined GFA & National FingerstyleChampion turns his considerable skills & talents to "Pop"music. The result is a very, very cool CD!
Appropriately, "Grapevine" begins with a Motownclassic "I Heard It Through the Grapevine". Trust me,Motown music was never like this; 1 man & 1 guitar & anintepretation that really draws the listener in. Motown musiclovers will be thrilled to find "Spanish Rose of Harlem"played like no one else could play it.
The Eagle's track, "Best of My Love", capturesthe true spirit, intimacy & pain of the original. Somehow,Michael's version is even more soulful than the Eagles' original."Drift Away", an old tune that most will associate withRod Stewart's re-recording in his post-Ron Wood/Faces incarnationis another soft tune that becomes poetry in Michael's hands.
MC, as he is sometimes know, plays Bob Dylan's "AllAlong the Watchtower" with a little Tom Petty "Breakdown"seamlessly incorporated. Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight"will make you realize EC's genius in writing it & MC's geniusin playing it.
No genre goes"uncovered" (pun intended) on "Grapevine".J.S. Bach's "Jesu Joy of Man's Desire", the traditionalIrish tune "Danny Boy" and the Roland Dyens' tributein "Saudade" highlight MC's diverse musical tastes &his uncanny ability to play songs of any style.
The other two songs on the CD are the old McCoy's (rememberthem) "Hang on Sloopy" and "Mr. Bojangles"written by Jerry Jeff Walker in 1966 and recorded by the liksof The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Denver, Neil Diamond and SammyDavis, Jr.
"Hang On Sloopy" is pure, unadulterated 1960'sFUN; and that is FUN in capital letters. "Mr. Bojangles"is an emotional end for a CD that ends all too quickly.
This is an excellent "feel-good" CD; you willfind yourself singing along and humming the songs long after taking"Garpevine" out of the player. After listening to thisCD alot, I would sure like to get my hands on the person who originallysaid "Those who can, do; those who can't, teach". TheyOBVIOUSLY never heard Michael Chapdelaine!
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