I got a chance to listen to an advanced copy of Bernie Williams' new album, Moving Forward. My review in 2 words: LOVE IT! It's a great album from top to bottom. It's the perfect album to listen to when you just want to chill and relax. It's also the perfect album to just have playing in the background as you go through the day. As I sat and listened to it, I couldn't help to play along with some air-guitaring. I just laid on the couch, closed my eyes, moved my head back and forth with a smile on my face, playing along. It's addictive. It really is. If they ever game out with any of Bernie's songs on Guitar Hero or Rock Band, I'd be all over it.
For my money when it comes to music, there is no sweeter sound than a well played acoustic guitar. Bernie is extremely talented when it comes to playing his ax. He's also quite the talented song-writer. My most favorite songs were the following:
- Moving Forward - This is the 1st song on the album and sets things off perfectly.
- He Reigns
- Go For It - If you want to spend 7 minutes in heaven, listen to this song.
- Chillin In The West
- Take Me Out to the Ball Game - Bernie puts a nice spin on the old classic. It's beautifully arranged and any baseball fan is sure to love it.
- Glory Days (Live w/Patti Scialfa & Bruce Springsteen) - This was recorded at Joe Torre's 2007 Safe at Home dinner. Bernie gets a solo about halfway through and shows his skills.
There is a quote from James Taylor in the album jacket that reads, "Bernie is one in a million (at least). A champion athlete and a gifted musician. What are the odds?" I couldn't have said it any better myself. He was a champion on the field. He'll be a champion on the stage.
If you're a fan of Bernie Williams, or a fan of music in general, do yourself a favor and pick up his CD when it comes out on April 14th. If you're lucky enough to live in the NYC area, you can join Bernie at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square on April 18th to celebrate the album's release. That promises to be a great night. If only I lived close by.
Peace, love and Pinstripes,