Saturday, July 6, 2019

Daniel Lerner's lush folk passion play "Deus Ex Machina" arrives just in time

























From Wikipedia:

Deus ex machina (Latin: [ˈdeʊs ɛks ˈmaː.kʰɪ.naː]/ˈd.əs ɛks ˈmɑːknə/ or /ˈdəs ɛks ˈmækɪnə/;[1] plural: dei ex machina; English ‘god from the machine’) is a plot device whereby a seemingly unsolvable problem in a story is suddenly and abruptly resolved by an unexpected and seemingly unlikely occurrence, typically so much as to seem contrived. Its function can be to resolve an otherwise irresolvable plot situation, to surprise the audience, to bring the tale to a happy ending, or act as a comedic device.




As noted from the Wikipedia insert above, Deus Ex Machina (God from the machine) is a plot device and quite literally stemmed from the conventions of ancient Greek Theater when actors playing Gods would literally be introduce via machines (as it were) lowered from above by crane or risen from the stage below via trapdoors. 

Singer-songwriter Daniel Lerner uses this convention beautifully in his song of the same name and the song is about that needing some convenient divine or un-divine intervention or a stroke of luck. What he does not need is such happy fate in this song as it is not only clever in it's lyrical twists but beautiful and beautifully crafted. The upfront acoustic work hits comfortable picking structures and then diverts in surprising and beautifully lush ways just like Lerner's vocal performance that hits such pretty tones. Lerner offers his wonderful guitar work, vox and production talents. Recorded in Miami, Florida and Mastered by Joe Lambert Mastering. 

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Robb Donker

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