Arioso In Red by Dave Mohan: Review
Dave Mohan is a songwriter, composer, recording artist, and lyricist at heart. His music, which has its origins in classical music training, is ever expanding and spanning different genres, conjuring hopes and dreams above mundane life. Mohan’s most recent song, “Airoso In Red,” is a stunning example of this understanding.
“Each note a fleeting memory
Of days sun-ripe and gay
And all the words read I Love You”
The song is a tribute to Cantata BWV 156’s Arioso, particularly the closing section, which is a simple vocalized extension of the Arioso melody. Mohan wants to honor the outstanding composer who encouraged him to pursue music in the track. It has the classic, exquisite grace of a first dance and the enchanting, euphoric feel of a movie’s final scene. Carolina de la Muela’s delicate and angelic vocals blend seamlessly into the mystical and dreamy backdrop. In addition, Mohan worked with Nicholas Ojeda on the bass, Nightsongs Studio Strings on the strings, and Simon Gibson at Abbey Road Studios on the final mastering. The entirety of “Airoso In Red” is the soundscape of a utopia, one that is brimming with happiness and harmony. If there was a happily ever after in the shape of a song, this would be it.
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Review by: Lily Thomas