SpringHouse Revival’s “Second Chance,” a Deep, Personal Album

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.second-chance

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.

Winnie the Pooh vs. 4G

This essay first appeared in the March 2016 issue of Main Line Today magazine

Is this ride over yet?” said a young voice behind me.

I whipped my head around to see a pair of 6-year-old girls in a honey pot on Disney’s Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. As the other riders disembarked, I noticed many were smiling. But some—mostly kids—appeared to be thoroughly unimpressed as they fiddled with their electronic devices.

Maybe it’s just me, but I can derive an inordinate amount of joy from tooling around in an oversized jar—though perhaps it is less exciting for two girls dressed like Elsa and Anna. 


The Jerry Spinelli Factor

This essay first appeared in the February 2016 issue of Main Line Today magazine

There are times when my fingers move over the keyboard like Mozart’s did across the piano keys, words spilling out as if from a broken spigot. Other times, I stare at the screen and type a string of lowercase Hs.

What made me think I was a writer?

It had to have happened when I was young, as puberty wasn’t kind. In fourth grade, like so many kids from this part of Pennsylvania, I read Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli.


My Love Letter to the Bryn Mawr Hospital

This essay first appeared in the October 2015 issue of Main Line Today magazine

Some places you never want to visit but often do anyway—7-Elevens, turnpike rest stops, the random relative who still doesn’t have cable or Wi-Fi.

The emergency room.

After all, no one ever says, “You know what would be fun? WebMD’ing the searing pain in my abdomen while trying to contain my nausea.”


All Sibling Wars Must Come to an End

This essay first appeared in Main Line Today magazine

My brother, Harry, and I have always been a study in sibling opposites. 

During my first Phillies game, the visiting team hit a grand slam in the top of the ninth to bust the game open. Dad headed for the exits to beat traffic, young daughter in tow.

“If you want to be a Philadelphia fan, you have to learn to deal with disappointment,” he said, carrying a wailing me out of Veterans Stadium. 

Harry witnessed a no-hitter. High fives and hugs all around. No hits, no tantrums, no tears.


A Plus-Size Plea

This essay first appeared the June 2015 issue of Main Line Today magazine

Please tell me the headline isn’t “A Weighty Issue” or “Mani-fatso.” As a plus-size woman, I’m tired of being a punch line. I’ve poked fun at my weight—heck, I even based a stand-up act around it. Laugh with me, not at me.

Fat is one of the worst things you can be. “My daughter was so fat when she was a toddler,” I once overheard a mother admit a little too loudly over brunch at Nudy’s. “I thought, ‘Please don’t let her be fat when she gets older.’” 

She spit out “fat” with disgust. I turned to my friend and made a face. She knew what it meant. “It’s one of the last acceptable stereotypes,” I said.