Revolution Of The Heart – Sovereign Sounds (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The reasons for writing songs are as numerous as the number of songs there are to be sung. But the best songs are the ones which get written because the author feels that they have no choice but to put pen to paper, to connect with others, to share thoughts and ideas. To be heard. The drive behind Revolution of The Heart start with that famous quote from Dr Martin Luther King, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” And perhaps more so than in any other year there have been too many incidents and events, flash points which just can’t be ignored, atrocities leaving people knowing that they have no choice but to comment on them.

America is often referred to as an experiment, a decades long examination into new forms of democracy. If that is the case, recent years have probably tested the idealism and optimism with which the founding fathers first struck out along this path almost to breaking point. The murder of George Floyd was, sadly, just another incident in a long dark series of social collisions and politically motivated confrontations but it was the straw which broken the camel’s back, the point at which the dam burst and the waters of activism and wide-spread concern, poured into the mainstream media.

And whilst this may have been the songs starting point, as the name suggests, it is telling us that change comes from within. As powerful as political movements and the advocators of social justice are, they are never permanent and it is the private evolutions, the revolutions of the heart, which are the way forward. If we can become better people as individuals how can we not create a better society around us? Revolution Of The Heart follows in the footsteps of the likes of Woody Guthrie’s anti-far right stance, Dylan’s protest-philosophy roots and, when you think about it even more radical voices such as Rage Against The Machine! Here however, there is a more gentle rage at work but a no less important one.

The song’s sonic arc starts in fairly familiar acoustic folk territory, even the opening line is a tip of the hat to His Bobness but it quickly closes in on its own subjects and sentiments. It also takes something of a progressive musical line, mixing latin beats, Mariachi vibes and sultry soul licks with its acoustic artistry. It is at turns soothing, rabble-rousing, poignant, powerful, documentary, spiritual, intimate and universally relevant.

Some might argue that the worse chapter in recent history is coming to a chaotic and all too telling end but the leaders that we chose are not the problem but merely symptoms of the problems, ones manifest in everyday life, and it is such attitudes and perceived outrages which need to be addressed. Revolution Of The Heart is a reminder that society, and all that implies, is just the collective name for a gathering of individuals and it is only when our own world views and attitudes change, when we embrace greater understanding, tolerance and unity that the world at large changes for the better.

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