Ford, Dean: This Scottish Heart
With this writer living a mere 30 or so minute drive from the Scottish wilderness, it’s easy to understand why SoT ringmaster Peter Pardo sent This Scottish Heartmay way for assessment and while I have to admit that the kind of shortbread tin, melancholy that can often be found in a lot of music from my homeland - especially when written from afar - isn’t to my taste, in Ford’s case he isn’t just banging the drum for a country he once knew, but for a life and time he long missed; one spent with family, friends and new acquaintances as he took his tentative first steps into female company. In truth, the likes of “Bonnie Mary”, about Mary Queen of Scots, is a little too cliché for me, but remakes of “Glasgow Road” and “Reflections Of My Life” are rather wonderful in an introspective kind of way.
Across this collection - and other than on those two re-recordings - Ford handles all of the instrumentation himself and programmed the drums, all in his small kitchenette. And more than anything it is that labour of love feel that wins through on the likes of “Until The Day I Die”, “Cowboy Joe” and “Left My Heart In Mexico”. The overtly Christian “God Is” and “Precious Little Boy” might be a little blatant for some, but with the acoustic fragility that encapsulates much of this double disc present here too, it’s clearly an aspect that Ford wanted to highlight in a life that possibly needed more than a little faith to get through.
A gentle, but heartfelt collection, This Scottish Heart is a fitting way to remember the life and music of Dean Ford. Those joys come through most strongly in the messages and stories revealed and the sense of longing, but also of satisfaction, they convey. Few artists bare their soul in such a candid way and we can only be thankful that this much missed musician took this final chance to do just that.Added: May 25th 2019
Reviewer: Steven Reid
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Monday, 10 June 2019
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