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Music Review: Seth Swirsky – Watercolor Day

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There are two words to describe Seth Swirsky — Renaissance Man. In addition to being a collector of sports memorabilia and an author of three published books, Seth Swirsky is a talented musician/songwriter. His new album, Watercolor Day, is a combination of pop and folk music.

When I first heard the album, I thought there were a few songs that were too bubble gum pop, but the more I listened to the music, the more I enjoyed it. The songs are soothing and mellow, like what I imagine a “watercolor day” to look like.

Seth Swirsky, except for “Amen,” which was written by Seth Swirsky and November Nights Music, Inc, wrote the 18 songs. Listening to the music, you can tell that The Beatles, The Beach Boys and other great 1960s/’70s performers influenced Mr. Swirsky.

Seth Swirsky knows how to write songs. Before writing them for himself, he wrote songs for Taylor Dayne, Michael McDonald and Rufus Wainwright.

In Watercolor Day, he sings, plays guitar, bass, piano, and backing vocals. Some of the songs, he adds other musicians but the majority of the music is played by him.

My favorite song on the album is “Watercolor Day”, named after the album. The song opens with strumming on the guitar and Seth Swirsky singing. When the rest of the instruments join in, rainbow colors, sound and beautiful images fill your mind. 

The song, “I’m Just Saying,” reminds me of a song that could appear on The Beatles album, Abbey Road. The harmony, instrumentals and words make you sway your head and smile. It creates a good, positive feeling.

“I Never Knew You (Harry)” is a song about Harry Nilsson, and sounds just like one of his songs. I remember when I was a teenager, my friends and I used to watch the movie The Point over and over and over again! We would constantly sing the songs from the movie like, “Me and My Arrow.” So when I heard this song, it made me reflect back on my childhood. Seth Swirsky not only sings it the way Nilsson sang his songs, but he hits the arrow on the target with this one! He sings, “I never knew you Harry, but I loved you so.”

The song, “Sand Dollar”, reminds me of a child’s song. I don’t know why, but I think about the Teletubbies or Barney. I actually asked one of my staff members to take the CD home and play it for her 3-month-old son. She sent me a message on Facebook saying that at first her son starred blankly, but when the music turned off, he started to cry. She gave it a 7 out of 10 because of that!

If you like folk/pop music from the 1960s and early 1970s, you will love this album. To be honest, when I first heard it, I didn’t love it, but the more I listened to it, the more fun I thought it was. It’s worth a listen if you like this type of pop/folk music.

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