Twenty Eleven © 2011
Around July of 2010, I began writing and recording the songs on this CD with the thought that if I set myself to the task, I could maybe complete 12 songs by June of 2011. I’ve heard of song writers who write one song a day. Well, I’m not one of them, but if I decide to write, the songs come to me. It seems that the whole process from writing to recording takes me an average of three weeks per song. Most of the songs on this album are new compositions, others, I’ve been carrying around for a while. All have been recently recorded for this CD. I consider the guitar arrangement to be a vital part of the song and spend as much time as needed to come up with the guitar arrangement. The guitar part doesn’t have to be difficult or intricate, it does however have to complement the song. Ideally the vocal and guitar should weave comfortably together.
So… here’s my tenth CD, titled the year of its release, TWENTY ELEVEN. Included on the CD is a “Band” version of LAZY WATERS.
"Rafkin’s voice is warm and engaging with a delicate, slightly frail edge that can’t help but draw the listener in. His guitar playing is second to none. Highlights? Goodness, where to begin: “The Eagle Sings” provides a perfect beginning, the two versions of “Lazy Waters”, one solo and one with his band, both striking in their own way. And not forgetting “Lookin’ For Home” where Rafkin sounds not unlike a rootsier, gentler Warren Zevon
- By Rob F., Leicester Bang
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