The Red is Becoming
The Red Is Becoming is a critically acclaimed release by not only fans of all genres but by such industry greats as producer Jason Rubal (Dave Matthews Band, Mary J. Blige, Nine Inch Nails) and drummer Gary Allen (Charlie Daniels Band). Arlene’s first solo endeavor. This sonically lush effort by ArleneWow! takes the listener on an introspective journey through life’s trails and tribulations. Its mesmerizing and passionate song styling leaves you wanting more. Breathe, Temporary Days and The Flesh were recorded in Nashville TN. 2007
Ear Candy for the Soul
Live At Silk City Music Factory Vol. 1
Reviewed by Ms. Marci
Sound Waves Magazine May 2015
In this complicated world of electronic, looped, sampled and enhanced music it’s a breath of fresh air to listen to something as sweetly organic as “Live At Silk City Music Factory Vol. 1!” Ear Candy for The Soul is a duo consisting of singer/songwriter, guitarist, ArleneWow! and violinist Dana Takaki. The first 10 tracks are recorded live with no overdubs or corrections. Tracks #11 and #12 are bonus tracks that were recorded prior to the “Live” part. Train Song was recorded /engineered by ArleneWow! at her home studio.
This recording begins with “You’re Like The Sun.” ArleneWow proclaims this track’s title with vocal fervor…”You’re like the Sun, shinin’ on me!” I believe most all of us would love to be the object of this kind of admiration! The mood softens a little on the next cut, “Til It Feels Like Spring.” Takaki’s violin floats gently in the background like a butterfly, significant to the musical images of spring and all it represents. Track three, “Something To Live 4” offers the sincere sentiment. The chorus claims, “If you’ve got something to live for, you won’t need something to die for” then literally floats loftily into the final phrase, “You can have anything at all!” ArleneWow’s voice in this segment is what goose bumps are made of! In track four, ArleneWow queries, “When You Look In My Heart.” When we care for someone special, we all find ourselves asking our lover if they can see our love for them in our eyes, “…do they mirror my soul?” Track five takes our ears to Spain with wonderful flamenco guitar styling. Though “Cielo” is in Spanish, the beauty of the song transcends any language barrier. Takaki’s violin echoes ArleneWow’s voice sympathetically.
Track six, “Understand It,” has a wonderful, tender quality; “And we could melt together, like the Sun heating the snow.” As we go into track seven, “Breathe” begins softly then the vocals take on an edge as the song reaches a crescendo! Track eight, “Wrong Side,” is a tale woe; missing a love whose side of the bed ArleneWow is drawn to. I was particularly impressed with the manner with which she scatted at the end of the song with a subtle weeping and moaning quality.
Track nine, “528HZ,” explores the hope within that perhaps if we were inspired, that our muse could bless us with a thought that could change the world! Track ten, “Lullaby,” is quite simply a sweet lullaby of love! The eleventh cut, “Si No Me Quieres,” is another song in Spanish. Once again, language presents little barrier to the enjoyment of this song. For the final cut, “Train Song,” I would seriously recommend wearing earphones to fully appreciate the effects introduced into this tune. It begins with the sound of an arriving train and fades out with the same. In-between, the instrumentation oscillates from simple acoustic guitar and violin to an almost orchestral quality. The ending fades gently as the train rolls out. There is a symbolism that is portrayed in the train …how the train rolls on with or without each of us. This philosophy is carried a little further in ArleneWow’s lyrics, “And even though I’m gone you can still hear me sing!”
This recording is well mixed and executed with expert instrumentation, songwriting and vocals. I would actually go further and call ArleneWow! a “wordsmith!” If I were forced to describe this recording in one word…beautiful comes to mind. Then there’s inspirational and also creative. Oh, heck, it’s all of these and more!