By Katie Kohler
Writers write. It doesn’t matter where or when.
Gordon Glantz worked in journalism for twenty-five years covering a wide range of subjects. He wrote at crime scenes. He filled his notebooks from the sidelines detailing athletic feats. As managing editor, he penned a weekly column.
Today, Glantz is a freelance writer and a lyricist/producer/arranger for SpringHouse Revival.
“I get to write freelance which is fulfilling and I get to do this which is pretty close. I’ve been writing songs since high school. It’s part of who I am that I suppressed for a long time,” said Glantz. “To be able to balance both and knowing there is a format for it, even though it takes a few years, is great.”
In high school Glantz, jotted lyrics in his notebook instead of the subject matter of the class. He taps out lyrics on his iPad now, whenever inspiration strikes. It can come from the ripe tree of socio-political issues, an observation, or a feeling of empathy.
“It’s how I express myself. I think it helps me cope with things,” said Glantz.
Second Chance, SpringHouse Revival’s second album, tells a number of different stories, but not just sixteen title tracks. There is plenty going on in between the lines that beg for the listener to look beyond the surface.
The music, as with most of Glantz’s work, is close to his heart. The first track, “Time of Day,” was recorded while they were putting their debut album, Return to Nothing, to bed. It was slated to be the title song until “Second Chance” was recorded and proved to have the strength of a title a title track. Released on January 1st, 2017, “perfect for a second chance,” says Glantz, the album has folk-rock vibe with thoughtful deep undertones.
Much like his column and personal accounts on his website, Glantz does not shy away from serious issues or politics. He makes no secret what he feels about the current political administration in “Leader You Follow.”
“A lot of these songs unlike the first one are things that are happening to me now. The first album, some were songs I wrote 20-25 years ago. It reflects everything I was feeling, the highs the lows are all there,” said Glantz.
Terri Camilari is the composer/vocalist. She considers Glantz’s references and tries to merge the story and what musically tells the story
“I change very little of his words and beyond a few articles or contracting words I ask about it before I do. In the studio with the musicians, the overall vibe of my original demo and musical choices need to get the stamp from both of us; sometimes we have to hash it out,” said Camilari.
“At some point they become “our words” and the music becomes “our music.” On rare occasions he will share the inner workings behind his lyrics,” added Camilari. Usually he says ” ‘open to interpretation.’ That allows me some freedom but I try to find a common ground.”
For Camilari, Second Chance is different from their debut effort in that many of the songs speak from a “certain age”, some experience under the belt, and starting again.
“SpringHouse Revival through Gordon’s words points out the reflection that comes from loss, experience, hypocrisy faced in smaller, more personal ways than in the debut CD, Return To Nothing,” said Camilari.
Glantz’s and Camilari’s both respect the craft and pay homage to their musical influences.
If you read Glantz’s work or know his musical taste, or even if you listen to Second Chance multiple times it’s easy to identify their musical influences of classic rock.
“Dylan is my head. Springsteen is my heart,” admitted Glantz. He added that one goal for this release is enhancing SpringHouse Revival’s digital presence. In addition to a web site (springhouserevival.com) and Facebook page (SpringHouse Revival), there is a YouTube Channel featuring of all the bands songs – including the single “Reality Is Fiction” that was withheld from “Second Chance” because it didn’t quite fit the vibe and a presence on Reverb Nation.
Glantz is also hopeful for more listeners/followers on Spotify, and the CD can be purchased at iTunes, CD Baby and multiple other online sources (Amazon Music, iHeart Radio, Sony Music, etc.).
SpringHouse Revival is rife with Montgomery County connections. The tracks are recorded at Morningstar Studios in East Norriton. Bass player Chico Huff (Norristown), Piano/keyboard John Conahan (Ambler), Camilari (Lansdale), and Glantz, (Blue Bell) are among the contributing talents. Peggy Becker-Dellisanti, longtime owner of now-closed Main Street in Norristown mainstay, Main Changes, lends her vocals to the “Ballad of It.”
My Picks for Top Tracks
“Ballad of It” – Stellar prelude, sets up rock ‘n roll duet with Camilari and Becker-Dellisanti.
“Million Dollar Words” – Love those drums.
“Recovery Road” – Nice driving tune.