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Tim Gleeson

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"The Pied Piper..."

So Tim Gleeson has come back from the studio with a new release, eh? I’m worried…because I know this kind of guy: he steals hearts. No, not at cards: your sweetie. He’s a Pied Piper of sorts; that’s the harmonica he toots instead of a flute. And he plays the “Sensitive Guy” card with an acoustic guitar in his hand. This is the great-great-great…grandson of a troubadour in Ye Olde Days who would craft a love song wrapped in a sunny day with a smile on his face—and the fair maidens of the town would look at him with their eyelashes fluttering and their pulse racing. “Oh, he’s SO gentle and vulnerable!”

And not just adults either: I watched my little two-year-old-niece dancing to this when she thought I wasn’t looking. Children understand this kind of singer-poet; the television shows make these guys sit and serenade the youngest generation so that they understand compassion and that special kind of simple magic that comes from a balladeer. No wonder the town of Hamlin could not believe how special a man that piper would be. Don’t overlook his cleverness either with those fingers: piano, violin, and arrangements are under his direction too.

Maybe it’s that thin delicate voice. Lots of guys have parlayed that into success. Graham Nash has the British accent behind him as well as a harmonica—maybe that’s the trick. The late Dan Fogelberg was another who made us feel like he could sense every little nuance of emotion within the feelings we dared not share until safety had been reached. And now here’s Tim G., and he’s just as open with his intentions to charm his way into our lives. “Hard Times” are over, he says, and there’s something so familiar about this tune that makes me unable to identify why I feel so secure at his words. I could also instantly tell the snapping touch of Art Austin on percussion backing up the confidence that “No Sad Songs” will be found here. (I do have to gently remind Tim that the “Train that Never Comes” (from the Luck Brothers’ delightful Pain CD) will have a sense of regret and resignation that can’t be extinguished—but it’s the right way to end the 10-pack of songs.) See, Tim’s all about “Pure Love”: the trials and errors of innocence lost and found in “An Old Love.”

Stephen Bishop did this with that award-winning song from the movie Tootsie: he knows how to make the arrow hit its mark in that part of the soul that make up the scenery in those chick flicks. You know the scenes: the leading guy has done something which makes him stop and think about why the leading gal has just made him come to a halt in his tracks. So be it. I’ll take my woman to see Mr. Gleeson in some intimate setting…and I’ll get an autograph for her too. And I’ll make sure I bring her flowers or some other kind of romantic gesture after the show—and even the next day—because I don’t want her daydreaming about another love poet with a guitar…or a harmonica…or piano. But I’ll thank him for showing me how it’s done.

© Mitchell D. Lopate 2009

- from the web


1. Tim Gleeson (soon to be released) promos available now.
2. streaming tracks at www.timgleeson.com



Tim Gleesons' American-Northeastern music is a melting pot of tradition and innovation. His songs are forever evolving art forms that are highly crafted yet simple, emotional and strong. At the core the songs are life stories given breath through melody nestled on a harmonic bed of folk, blues, jazz, R&B and country infused sounds. His recordings are stirring and soulful mahogany-voiced performances accompanied by his sensitive guitar, keyboards and harmonica playing. There are also some organic productions made with accomplished musicians that happen to be great friends too. One thing for sure is that his music somehow reaches out and touches the heart and soul.

Tim has been growing a “one fan at a time” base of dedicated followers for his writing and shows which give credit to his lifelong commitment to his calling. For several years, Tim traveled the world supporting and writing with superstar pop group Sister Sledge. This led to living in LA to pursue a session career that in turn resulted in opening for Jazz singer Anita Bakers' Rapture tour and doing demo recordings with Arnold McCuller from James Taylors' band. For an artist, these experiences are all pieces of the big picture that in the end help to define him.

Tim is at home on the East Coast now doing music as usual but this time it is his own voice and writing that are moving him forward. His diverse history coupled with the gift and sheer love of music is what makes Tim Gleeson stand out, be counted and deliver.