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Winding Down – Bill Madison

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A balanced level of fragility and gentle control. An audible pride in its simplicity. A shameless openness in its voice. This track channels emotion across every level of instrumentation. 

Winding Down

Made up entirely of voice and acoustic guitars. Winding Down spares no effort for pretence or grandeur. The lyrical content and carefully articulated melodic work on the guitars both express an earnest poetry. Presenting a duet over the backdrop of simple and repetitive chordal play. 

The lyrical content of the work is a series of lightly poetic statements. Told as a lament in the first person, weighed down by the gravity of their own words.

Though there is little to address in the compositional structure of the work, this bare presentation speaks for itself. Sonically, the track evokes images of tiredness and acknowledgment. With a Johnny Cash-reminiscent aesthetic. The timeless cliché of a man and his guitar, wrapping chords around words as an art form.

The track is notable for its lack of distraction. Every harmonic and melodic choice made combines to a unified point. The lead lines in the chorus serve to complement and enhance the vocal delivery. Just the same, the fading voice seems to announce and cue the lead work as if composing and directing the dynamic flow of the work.

  • Overall rating: 7/10
  • Pairs well with: Mountain Roads and City Streets Allan Sachs

Bill Madison

“My musical career spans more than 50 years; from performing in the Folk Music venues of Boston, New York City and Montreal during the 1960’s, to playing the ski resorts and honky tonks of Northern New England from the 1970’s to the 1990’s.

In 1973, I released my first album called “Sunday Mornin’ Hayride”. That album has been re-released by Riverman Records and Yoga Records and was voted in the top ten retro re-issues for 2009 by the Acid Archives.

In 1974, I formed Them Fargo Brothers which became New England’s Premier Country Rock Band, and I toured with the band until 1990.”

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