(Editor’s note: I moved from an apartment into a house starting January 1st, 2020, and I had to toss all my CDs into a big garbage bag during the move. The idea for this feature is I write a review about each CD as I unpack that bag, one CD at a time, and rank them.)
The fourth CD out of the bag
1. Take Me to the Mountain; 2. Desert Lark; 3. Sailing; 4. Family Home; 5. Bluebird.
I bought my Great Peacock CD from one of the group members at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville after watching them perform. They blew me away. Their anthemic folk-country sound and heartfelt harmonies rocked the roof, and I became an instant fan. I’m not sure where you can buy this particular CD, a five-song sampler of their music. I can tell you the two best songs, “Take Me to the Mountain” and “Desert Lark,” are on Great Peacock’s 2015 album Making Ghosts, which is worth the price just for those two gems. Great Peacock’s songs seem to capture the restlessness of the human spirit and the search for life’s meaning, evoking nature’s wonders with poetic lyrics punctuated by passionate vocals. Great Peacock performed “Take Me to the Mountain” and “Desert Lark” like a two-man church choir who wanted to revive your soul. It was an eye-opening performance.
My favorite song
Such a tough call between “Take Me to the Mountain” and “Desert Lark,” but I’m going with “Desert Lark.” Living in the deserts across Africa and Asia, the desert lark is a loner bird that sings a mournful song. I think the song itself is about the search for meaning in life and trying to find purpose. The introspective lyrics paired with the energetic, uplifting music combine to create a sense of hope for humanity, a peacock soup for the soul if you will. No, we may never find the answers we want, but we should never stop looking for that desert lark.
My favorite lines of my favorite song
Your love is like a hurricane
Just floating in the breeze.
You try to find the desert lark
To teach you how to sing.
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