Ralph Covert: Birthday
Ralph's second solo CD is a celebration of life and music. The initial tracks were recorded on his birthday in 1995, shortly after the birth of his daughter Fiona, and Ralph conceptualized the CD as a handbook for life. Songs like Bedtime Girl and Fools Will Try reflect the themes of parenthood, years before the first Ralph's World CDs were recorded, while other songs address ideas including longing, loss, and the search for happiness. Some songs are more acoustic, like the fingerpicking in The Dream Will Awaken, and some are full band, like Raspberry Jam.
1. Until The Day
2. Angels Wings And Lemon Blossoms
3. Salamander Green
4. Raspberry Jam
5. Bedtime Girl
6. The Amazing Romero
7. Me And Mary
8. Bachelor's Holiday
9. Fools Will Try
10. Be So Wrong
11. Better Than Me
12. The Dream Will Awaken
13. Somewhere That Feels Like Home
With the recent release of "Birthday," Chicago-based indie-pop renaissance man Ralph Covert perseveres in spite of the fact that his classic pop sensibilities remain out of step with trend-spotting major labels.
While "The Amazing Romero" takes place in the circus, the bulk of "Birthday" was inspired by Covert's toddler daughter, Fiona, whose photo graces the album's cover. "Bedtime Girl," one of the album's most touching tracks, is a lullaby for Fiona. "One night I was tucking her into bed and I said, 'How's about a smile from a bedtime girl?' And Fiona's mom said, "That's a lyric to a song, go write that song.' So I came back to my place and wrote the song."
While Covert remains an independent artist, his material has definite mainstream potential. On the 13 tracks on "Birthday," his confessional songwriting and singing recalls the likes of James Taylor, Freedy Johnston, and former Crowded House front man Neil Finn. The stark arrangements on "Birthday" allow Covert to showcase his songwriting talents, and are the work of an important artist on the rise.