2017-03-30 / On the Town

‘Light’ illuminates local musician’s soul

Snider unveils new CD Saturday


‘SPACE’ MAN—When Newbury Park musician Merlin Snider writes a song, he likes to “leave space” for interpretation. “The words are accessible . . . but they don’t tell you what to think or how to feel,”he says. ‘SPACE’ MAN—When Newbury Park musician Merlin Snider writes a song, he likes to “leave space” for interpretation. “The words are accessible . . . but they don’t tell you what to think or how to feel,”he says. Newbury Park folk musician Merlin Snider has once again thrown open the windows of his soul.

His third album, “One Light, Many Windows,” is available now via CDBaby.com, and he’ll perform a CD release concert at 7:30 p.m. Sat., April 1 at Art Trek, 703 Rancho Conejo Blvd., Newbury Park.

The 11-track CD features a rootsy mix of acoustic folk, blues, jazz, rock and gospel.

“Music is my window into the world,” Snider writes in the album notes. “The world I can see and touch and taste, and the world beyond. There are other windows, of course, but music, and especially the songs I write, are the way I make contact and also let others inside.”

The title track, according to Snider, “has a world-music feel” and features vocals by Daniel Jordan and Sheena Rattai of the Canadian band Red Moon Road. “The Girl With the Long Brown Hair” is a personal love story that’s been 40 years in the making. And “Procrastination Blues,” which has a New Orleans vibe, hints at why it took Snider eight years to release this disc.

Another tune, “Abraham’s Light,” is about Abraham Lincoln.

“The more I read and study about Lincoln, the more impressed I am with his ability to see deeply through his own melancholic soul into the tragic and comic sides of the human drama and in the end find a hopeful expression,” Snider writes. “And don’t we need that now?”

Many of the musicians who play on the disc will be featured at the release show, including Mark Indictor on fiddle, Steve Nelson on upright bass and Larry Zack on drums. Ed Tree, who co-produced the album, will play guitar, and Snider’s wife, Deborah, will contribute vocals and percussion.

Snider’s last album, “Right Here,” was rated by folkradio.org as one of the top folk albums of 2009.

Advance tickets for the show are $20 and available online at www.arttrek.org. Cost includes appetizers and beverages; beer and wine will be available for purchase.

For more information, visit Snider’s website, www.merlinsnider.com.

Mark Wyckoff

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