Richard Dillon’s “Ring Around the Moon” (originally released in 2014), is lovely, melodic, and winter-themed, rife with his signature “lullaby” quality that imbues all of his compositions.
The opening track, “Groundhog Saw His Shadow” is soft and sweet, encapsulating the feeling of lingering winter, yet brimming as well with promise of springtime that is sure to follow.
Track 2, title track, “Ring Around the Moon,” is perfectly lovely, a bit melancholy, yet not heavy. For those that do not know, a ring around the moon is a 22 degree (in radius) dispersion of light through ice particles suspended within thin, wispy, high altitude cirrus clouds. It’s essentially a reflection of moonlight refracted through ice particles. In lore, a ring around the moon is thought to indicate the coming of a storm, foul weather, or just rain. The metaphor “ring around the moon” here, could mean soft tears, perhaps. Or it could simply be just be one of life’s natural wonders to marvel at. Like a ring around the moon, what you see really depends upon where you stand.
Now, don’t get me wrong. This is not a depressing album. It’s quite soul-soothing, uplifting, and relaxing. Richard Dillon has a masterful way of conveying deep emotions through his light and soothing melodies. This talent makes for an interesting musical tapestry.
Track 5, “Midnight Sleigh Ride” perfectly captures a magical quality of the delight and beauty such a ride might bring. This one is definitely a favorite.
“First Snowfall,” on track 6, invites us skillfully into the pristine landscape of the initial snowfall of the season. This is light and airy, and very pretty.
Track 8, “January Moon,” is a nice, slow, lullaby that hits all the right notes and tones for perfect relaxation and calmness. This is something super relaxing to get lost in.
There’s a certain awesome beauty inherent in the simplicity of “Walking Through the Woods on a Snowy Evening,” track 10. Also a favorite, there is a richness to this composition. We can literally feel the peace and serenity that such a walk might bring.
I found “Whiteout,” track 12, enjoyable and mesmerizing and one to listen to again and again. There are some nice intricacies here and the melody is elevating. Again, here Richard brings forth that gift he has of juxtaposition. One might think they would be lost in a “whiteout.” But here, and throughout, we may find that we can actually discover ourselves again.
All in all, enchanting and highly recommended.
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