Review: We Voice Sing "Of Wishbones and Gunfire"

Hello Lovers,

I am falling behind on life again but hey what’s life if you don’t lose your marbles every now and again. Antioch recently hosted their June residency and even while I am no longer a student, I decided to go anyway and lost time and lost my mind in the process. More on that in a future update.

I’m very excited to tell you guys about this review. Please welcome spoken word/musical duo We Voice Sing and their debut studio album “Of Wishbones and Gunfire”.

We Voice Sing is comprised of poet Rich Ferguson and musician Bo Blount (bios below). I wasn’t sure what to expect but as soon as I heard the first line from the opening track, A Dedication, I knew I was in for a good time:

“This one goes out to all the hard luck insomniacs whose mattresses are filled with a month of Mondays.”

My first thought, Holy shit this is creepy timing. (in reference to my recent and ongoing insomnia.) I often listen to music in my car, parked at some random place. It is like my own little fortress of solitude and ensures less distraction. I listened to it the first time all the way through, feeling my mind warp, trying to grasp the concepts being presented to me. I couldn’t. I gave up trying to analyze and gave myself over to just feeling the words and the music.

From the title track Of Wishbones and Gunfire to Everywhere is Love and Darwin Descending, I was so thoroughly enraptured that I didn’t notice the cops cruising my car for sitting at a park listening to music. (Side note, that was a fun explanation to give.)

When You Call My Name and We Voice Sing had me closing my eyes, raising my hands, and swaying my hips without thought to how silly I looked.

This album had a mix of very mellow and surprisingly heavy tracks on it. I am a fiction writer with very little knowledge of the mechanics of poetry. I do not know how to critique it, so I will not try to explain the words to you know. All I can say is that you will feel something quite beautiful when listening to it.

So bottom line guys, this is an amazing album that you need to have in your life. This is the kind of thing I put on when I am feeling dead on the inside and need to feel life again. (That is so meant to be a compliment, just my version of one.) I listen to it over and over again.

I would also recommend seeing them perform live if you ever have the chance. Go check out the website, Facebook, and Twitter for updates and general awesomeness.

Photo By: Ben Staley

“OF Wishbones and Gunfire” can be purchased from their website, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Rhapsody, and most other places online that sell music.

Bios (borrowed from their site):

Rich Ferguson has performed nationally and has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Ozomatli, Wanda Coleman, Exene Cervenka, T.C. Boyle, Loudon Wainwright, Bob Holman, and many other esteemed poets and musicians. He has performed on The Tonight Show, at the Redcat Theater in Disney Hall, the New York City International Fringe Festival, the South by Southwest Music Festival, and Stephen Elliott’s Rumpus. He is also a featured performer in the film, What About Me? (the sequel to the double Grammy-nominated film 1 Giant Leap), featuring Michael Stipe, Michael Franti, K.D. Lang, Krishna Das, and others. He has been published in the LA TIMES, has been widely anthologized, spotlighted on PBS (Egg: The Art Show), and was a winner in Opium Magazine’s Literary Death Match, LA. Ferguson is a Pushcart-nominated poet, and also a regular contributor and poetry editor to the online literary journal, The Nervous Breakdown. His poetry collection 8th& Agony is now available on Punk Hostage Press.

Bo Blount is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer based in Los Angeles. He began his music career as a songwriter and guitarist, performing and recording with several acts before relocating West in 1999. His bands have been featured in CMJ and other industry trades, on both terrestrial and Internet radio, and have opened for the likes of Aleka’s Attic (River Phoenix), Derek Trucks, The Catherine Wheel, Elastica, and Superchunk. In addition to engineering and sound recording, Bo also produces/composes score for film and television. In 2008, he wrote and recorded electronica-infused spoken word tracks for 10K Poets, a Seattle-based music label and publishing company. We Voice Sing was born out of a collaboration with local poet (and 10K contributor) Rich Ferguson.

As a little parting gift, here is a video of one of their performances.

I’m missing you already,

Ashley

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