CD Review – Movies of the Mind 2013 Live by Michael Nesmith
Three months after wrapping up his 2013 Movies of the Mind tour, legendary singer-songwriter and pop culture icon Michael Nesmith presents his live recording of that successful sojourn, and it’s almost as good as having seen the tour in person.
I attended Nesmith’s performance at BergenPAC in mid-November, and the album cements the memory in my mind like it was yesterday. In addition to his songs, the CD features Nesmith’s introductory “movies of the mind” setup for each song or group of songs.
The album is a very good representation of the live show. The band members – Nesmith on 12-string acoustic guitar and vocals; Chris Scruggs on electric and acoustic guitars, pedal steel guitar, and mandolin; Joe Chemay on bass and backing vocals; Boh Cooper on keyboards and backing vocals; and Paul Leim on drums – sound just as great on record as they did live.
As for the songs themselves, they are all 100% classic Michael Nesmith originals, spanning five decades of Nesmith’s career, from the 1960s to the 2000s. Although Nesmith is 70 years old on this recording, his voice is as vibrant and energetic as ever, with his endearing Texas drawl and country twang blending beautifully with the urbane sophistication and wit of his music and lyrics.
If you saw Nesmith on this tour, this is a wonderful souvenir and reminder of that experience. If you didn’t make it to the show, this is an equally wondrous revelation of musical “movies of the mind” magic.