And "The Winter of Yes" has almost a Marc Cohn feel with the light, upbeat piano expressing hope and change. "I've been bored, cynical and ready to burst/Daylight has fallen asleep as if it's been cursed/And my face is so cold that I tear/But I won't let this be like any old year/This is the winter of yes." In these tough times, this is a message many of us can probably get behind – change is hard, but necessary to keep moving forward. Instead of saying "no" to change, why not say "yes"?
As Hest said when talking about working with his producer Gerry Leonard on the feel for the record, "I wanted people to hear it and feel like they opened a window into someone's thought process. Someone is drawn to something, a person or an idea of some kind, and there's this ride of emotions that follow - optimism, gratitude, self-sabotage, and eventually a desire to keep it simple and not think so damn much." Through 11 tracks, Hest covers all those bases and then some, mixing styles, arrangements, and vocals to express his thoughts quite eloquently.
The Fire Plays was released this week, so be sure to check it out at your favorite music outlet.
For more about Ari, check out his web page – AriHest.com – for details about his tour, previous releases, and recent news.