Greg Pope – A Few Seconds of Fame
Having recorded eight albums and one EP within a ten year span, Greg Pope is a very prolific guy. What’s even more impressive is that each release is better than the last. His latest, entitled A Few Seconds of Fame (release date October 1), is a more than worthy follow up to 2016’s Guiding Star and raises the bar yet again.
It took only one spin of “Planet Earth” (sorry, couldn’t resist) to make me to realize who in my life this song was about. GP describes the song’s genesis, intro in particular, as follows:
“I think I was influenced there by my son Micah practicing Bach’s inventions for his piano lessons. I was hearing those pieces over and over on a given day. That section was originally just guitar but I thought a harpsichord might add a cool dimension so I asked Micah to play on it. He added some of his own ideas and the arrangement really exceeded my expectations.”
As with all Greg Pope albums, the songs are extremely well written. With A Few Seconds…, it’s the little things that make this album special. The oohs and aahs of “Retread”, the wonderful slide guitar on “Dreams About You” and the ideally placed harpsichord intro to “Planet Earth” all help make for a unique and very engaging album.
Photo (top) by Nick Gilbert