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Traditional folk roots converge with the currents of a new era in Michael Lyon's "What Could Be"




Southern California-based singer-songwriter, Michael Lyon is an artist whose wide range of artistry shines through bus music. Crediting icons such as Simon and Garfunkel, Cat Stevens, Neil Young, and numerous more as inspiration for his music, he has crafted a unique blend of folk, rock, and acoustic genres. His standing in the thriving Southern California music scene has been cemented by his commitment to his art and the influence of musical legends.


The singer’s latest album, “What Could Be” runs for forty-five minutes and twenty seconds and consists of an impressive fourteen songs. The songs on this album give an honest perspective of the artist's viewpoint of the world, which is a blend of optimism, worry, and a celebration of the good things in life. This is the album's most intriguing feature. Although this album's tracks all include acoustic components, they also greatly enhance the beauty of the stories told in each song, so a listener won't feel anything less than mesmerized.


The album’s first song, “Sunrise” starts off with the soft, rhythmic strumming of the guitar. As he sings about the sun rising from the sea, we can picture the sun rising onto the peaceful shores of Southern California. The song evokes warm sentiments of friendship and companionship as Lyon bids darkness goodbye.


In the next song, “Want to be a flower”, Lyon sings about wanting to be a flower in the morning sun. This song is akin to a musical story, where Lyon uses strong notes of personification to narrate the story of a flower with lines such as “plant me in the garden.” The song is simple and sweet and Lyon excels at painting a vivid picture with his lyrics.


“Love” starts off with a soulful note, as Lyon sets the tempo for the song with his rich and velvety vocals. This song sends a feeling of euphoria coupled with a blend of tranquility as Lyon sings about love and the wonders it works.


Lyon opens with melodic keystrokes of the piano for “Justice Day.” “Are you feeling Blue?” he asks his audience. The mood sets the stage for an intriguing musical experience by this evocative opening that transports listeners along with the song's emotional journey. Lyon's soulful vocals continue to build a story that intimately connects with his audience while the piano's notes reverberate, encouraging them to delve into the emotional depths of "Justice Day."


In “One Man’s War”, Lyon’s voice dips to softer undertones, as he hums to the background of the guitar. His voice is both soft and meaningful, conveying a deeper message to his listeners.


"Family Tree" is a moving homage to one's ancestry and the value of family ties. The song skillfully illustrates how we gradually come to understand our relationship with our ancestors, highlighting the value of education and personal development. "Family Tree" is a moving examination of the significant influence of those who came before us, serving as a reminder of the enduring legacy of our ties to our ancestors.


The album's title tune, "What Could Be" emerges as a soul-stirring song that encourages us to embrace each day's limitless potential and seize opportunities with youthful enthusiasm. The opening line of the album's title track, "What Could Be," sums up pretty well for Michael Lyon the steps along the path of making this album - from the spark igniting the writing of each song... to the recording sessions... and preparation for the album to blast off into the world: "What could be is a day unlike any day yet to be..."


“What Could Be” is an invitation to listeners to reminisce and reflect on the past, live and celebrate in the present, and dream and wonder about the future.


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