Jim Dawson, Towne Crier Cafe

Jim Dawson


Towne Crier Café, July 24, 2004:


       Due to the pleasant persistence and unvarying exemplary feedback from my dear friend, BellyDancing Diva LadyB, I have traveled to see Jim Dawson at the Towne Crier Café in Pawling, New York. The Towne Crier is an excellent music venue with tremendous food, great service and a special ambiance all its own. It also helps that LadyB has summoned a large group of very enthusiastic Jim Dawson fans, many of whom are some of my oldest and dearest friends. The opening act, MotherLode Trio, is excellent and aptly provides a huge lift for the audience, to prepare for Jim Dawson’s set. I have a delicious dinner of puree of wild mushroom soup and grilled salmon fillet.

       At 10:15 P.M. Jim Dawson begins his performance with an a cappella version of “16 Tons.” We all join in with his finger snapping. The musical presentation is emphatic, emotional, strong and sung with conviction. We are immediately brought into Jim’s world of song styling and creative magnetism. “I Only Know About Love” is a folk-rock composition with a clever turnaround. Jim has a superior and clear delivery which makes each musical poem quite unique and warm.


Jim Dawson


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       In the next song, “Way Too Old To Care,” Jim has a very slow and deliberate delivery that strongly emphasizes the ‘one’ beat of the 4/4 meter. Jim has superb stage presence and utilizes all his physical assets to convey the emotional meaning of the song. “That’s When I Knew” is sublime, delicate and thoughtful. The composition has great melodic development. The presentation is slow, careful and passionate. This is an outstanding musical composition that includes well timed humor. “I’m Leavin’ It Up To You” has a staccato rhythm. There is a subtle delivery where Jim purposely holds back and understates the lyrics.

       “More Than Friends” is performed in adagio tempo and is deeply sincere. This is a touching ballad utilizing an excellent chord melody that moves the heartfelt lyrics effortlessly along on to your emotional pallet. The next song, “Skinny Dippin’,” is a strong rocker. Jim wrote this song while watching a Yankee baseball game. The tune is a lively and spirited story about back home skinny dipping at the swimming hole. This very clever tune makes everyone smile!


Jim Dawson


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       “If You Can Take It Baby, I Can take It Too” which comes next, has a muted and delicate delivery. This is a straight 4/4 tempo love story that is subtle, delicious, dreamy, sincere and convincing. For the next composition, Jim moves to the piano. The lyrical refrain, “on and on, we’ll stay until we see the light of dawn” is deeply emotional and clearly showcases Jim’s truly gifted lyrical imagery. This ballad on piano is genuine, slow and deliberate. This is an amazing tale of love's portrait of strength and sensitivity. He auspiciously uses a long, long pause to emphasize the strong feeling conveyed, and then returns back to an ethereal delivery of sincere tenderness.


Jim Dawson


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       “Northern Lights” follows next which is a powerful vocal presentation in 4/4 time that is down on the ones. The lyric is clearly annunciated, succinct, strong and deliberate. The accompanying chord melody is supremely delivered in a rousing fashion. YES!

       Jim quiets the audience with a deeply touching a cappella serenade about a father who plays a horn over his deceased son’s body. The song is touching, delicate and foreboding. The music conveys a melancholy and deeply mournful picture. Jim is moved to tears. The music is deeply spiritual and heavy with deep emotional sadness.

       The closing number, “Oh No, Mercy Me” is a very spirited, robust, funny and strong rock & roll acoustic entry. This song is dynamic, determined and humorous.

       Jim Dawson is fantastic. LadyB is so right! Jim Dawson is amazing. I am now a huge fan and can’t wait to see Jim again. I only regret that it took so long for me to get here. Jim Dawson is an emotion evoking song stylist, composer, storyteller and, “that grin!” Now I see “that grin.”


LadyB and Jim Dawson


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       Thank you Jim Dawson for a very special musical event and thank you LadyB for persuading me to come and experience Jim’s incredible musical magic.


Lisette and Chris, Bill and Fern

Jim Dawson fans and dearest friends


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