Joseph Brenna

Inventing Time

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At once and alternately playful and contemplative, Joseph Brenna has offered up a nice collection of instrumental guitar work with Inventing Time. He sets the mood and lures you into his world with the easygoing title track, then proceeds to have a really good time for another 15 songs. This music sprang from deep within Brenna's creative well during a battle with and healing of cancer. The emotional roller coaster is brought to life in vivid melodic sketches. "Plunkin' Pi" has an old-timey, toe-tapping thing going on, whereas the two parts of "Two Lullabyes" feel much like you would expect and were composed upon the deaths of Brenna's father and uncle. This is a record that could either be listened to as presented or dissected and programmed to create a particular ambience -- there's that much going on. Get all the way to "The Ballad of Toothpick Rago" and you've wandered into the land of mellow acoustic blues. Get the picture? Inventing Time is a fine tip of the hat (or guitar, as the case may be) to the power, both healing and inspirational, that pure music holds within it.

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