Destiny Road by Gary Dranow: Review
“Destiny Road” by Gary Dranow is a blues rock track imbued with a captivating vintage theme. Emotionally gripped with flavorful guitar licks and a storytelling vocal presence, the tune is a must-hear for anyone seeking a meaningful hymn.
It seems just like yesterday my old man popped in a cassette tape with the initials “JH” smeared across it. Immediately striking my interest, he proceeded to play the spellbinding blues music from Jimi Hendrix himself. That’s one of my first experiences with this enticing genre, and even today, decades later, that same feeling seems to spark my spirit with tracks such as “Destiny Road.” I guess we’re all trying to find ourselves in this crazy thing called life. And what better way to keep us company than the song’s lovely guitar solos? The bending, note arrangement, and overall tone are truly splendid to hear! Aside from the instrumentation, I’d like to take this moment and appreciate the singer’s essence. His sway and theatrical presence make the song feel like a lifelong lesson, a personal letter to oneself if you will, through melody!
Nearing the end of the song, there’s this delicate section that is quite wholesome indeed. A much softer portion initiates, and an organ keeps the tempo going. Eventually, the track ends, and it all fades into this delightful crescendo. The composer surely knew how to exit a melody and the last note was melodically brilliant. Even at the beginning of “Destiny Road”, how the bass just slides in, man, that was a groovy entrance!
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Photo credits: Liz Dranow
Review by: Damien Reid