the sparrow and the crow

1 10 2008

in august, i saw brooke fraser play live in houston.  brooke is so phenomenal, she deserves a seperate blog all her own.  it was an amazing evening, and opening the show was an artist i had never heard of, named william fitzsimmons.  i came there to hear brooke, and was completely caught off guard by william’s performance.  his approach is mellow and delicate but the impact is deep and long lasting.  when i got home from the show that night, i bought his album “goodnight” on itunes… and i was suddenly a fan.

he writes and delivers his songs with such a vulnerability, drawing from a palette of his own personal life tales, painting with both broad, sweeping and intricate, detailed strokes against an intimate, acoustic and often haunting backdrop to create a work that is instantly both striking and disarming.

the youngest child of two blind parents, william’s career in music came only after completing a master’s degree in counseling and work as a mental health therapist.  prior to his graduate studies, fitzsimmons worked with the mentally ill for several years.  william’s music has been featured in episodes of grey’s anatomy, life of ryan, army wives and general hospital.

william just released his new album “the sparrow and the crow” today, and once again, it has me hanging on every note and lyric.  the strength of his music is both its simplicity and depth.

here is what william has to say about the new album…

i don’t know why telling our misdoings to another has such a wonderful release to it.  i don’t know why a real change occurs when we own up to the ways that we have failed each other, hurt each other, or let each other down.  sometimes it is small childhood mistakes which fade away into long lost and nostalgic memories.  sometimes it is life-changing harms which can never be forgotten. and I don’t know why there can be restoration in relationships when such things are revealed.

but I count on it.  and I am glad there is.  and I find a lot of hope in that.  even in only the possibility of it.

the sparrow and the crow,” my new record, is a story, and a true one at that.  it is a personal tale of the ways in which we can go wrong.  it is not a tale i am proud of, but it is one that i feel compelled to share.  it is the fear of opening up, but the hope of forgiveness in doing so.  perhaps there is a real selfishness in the cathartic release i have found in these songs.  but much more than that, it is for those that need to hear them as well.  i have found something good in releasing these thoughts and pains from my own head.  and i wish the very same for you as well.

wow!  what else do you need to know?  as i told my friend jackie tonight, william makes the kind of music that is best experienced over a warm drink in the calm of the night or the still of the morning as you reflect on the complex simplicity of life.  listening to his music, i hear the sounds of both the tension and the redemption, and the moment when they collide and change you…

i am a big fan of mr. fitzsimmons’ work and his new album, “the sparrow and the crow” comes highly recommended (as does his previous release, “goodnight”).  here is a song from the new album…

william fitzsimmons “i don’t feel it anymore (song of the sparrow)”

if you pick it up, let me know what you think!




One response

1 10 2008

I saw Brooke’s show in Los Angeles. Standing next to me was AM. IF you don’t know AM you must check him out right away. He has music that is for the intelligent mind and lyrics that make you think.

Anyway, he was there to see Brooke and I said a hello. I told him how I love his new album side by side and especially the While My Guitar GEntly Weeps song with Tina Dico (who I had never heard of before I heard this song) he was so nice to me.

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