lyrics by david cameron (d.c.) anderson
1. i am still (4:25) DCA, Steven Landau
2. jury duty girlfriend (2:28) DCA, Ritt Henn
3. madison laughs (3:36) DCA, Roy Zimmerman
4. i least expect you now (2:24) DCA, BL
5. have fun (2:27) DCA, Elizabeth Doyle
6. sad man (3:56) DCA, Roy Zimmerman
7. maury (2:16) DCA, David Robison
8. hard this goodbye (2:45) DCA, Geoff Packard
9. the visit (1:25) DCA, Steven Landau
10. house of grieving (2:21) DCA, David Robison
11. dear mother (2:41) DCA, BL
12. sandy lysaght's ma (2:34) DCA, Geoff Packard
13. hello nancy, goodbye ron (3:06) DCA, Roy Zimmerman
14. at last (2:37) DCA, Elizabeth Doyle
15. fixed-up heart (2:49) DCA, Steven Landau
acoustic piano: Steven Landau, David Robison
acoustic guitar: Geoff Packard, Gantt Kushner
"With a lack of artifice, D.C. has written and sings the lyrics about the challenges of successful couplehood in the serious "Sad Man" and "Hard This Goodbye." On a lighter note, cupcakes with sprinkles are sprinkled into a mix of childhood memories in "Sandy Lysaght's Ma." Reflections on grief and loss make this a more downbeat collection than is typical of D.C.'s work, but his funnybone is not entirely absent..
"Hello Nancy, Goodbye Ron" is a genuinely touching song about his reaction to the death of President Reagan, as D.C. found himself responding to the humanity and history beyond the politics. Like the songs here about the loss of his mother, it's cathartic but with restraint and craft. Wisely, he ends the CD on a strong note of hope with "Fixed Up Heart" wherein he exults, "Found a way out of my sadness/ Found a path that leads to start... In his light and quirky songs, his observations and wit are both sharp. He imagines what a baby might be thinking as his paternity is determined thanks to DNA and the producers of tabloid TV in "Maury"; it's clever and funny, but also has an underlying social commentary. There's a theatricality in the way he sets up and sings his story-songs...D.C. Anderson's voice is one that's pleasing in his role as a singer and thought-provoking in his role as lyricist." Rob Lester Talkin' Broadway.com 9/14/06
"The title track from D.C. Anderson’s latest release starts on a somber note. Just piano and his made-for-musical-theater voice singing of “thistles where there once was grass.” But listen for a moment and hear the acoustic guitar add delicate touches as Anderson fleshes out a story of an abandoned hotelfrom the hotel’s point of view. The unusual perspective coupled with the sonic sparseness of the song proves quite refreshing.
The rest of the album offers equal parts comedy and drama. From the hilarious “Jury Duty Girlfriend” (“How long can she resist? I’m the only guy who’s single, let’s turn this trial into a tryst”) to the moving “Sad Man,” written after the death of his mother, Anderson paints pictures that you’ll want to keep hanging in your mind. " Mare Wakefield Performing Songwriter Magazine November 2006
A balladeer and folk singer as well as actor and writer, D.C. Anderson’s work embodies the best of the coffee-shop 1960s with a healthy dose of contemporary angst thrown in for good measure. Eccentric without being inaccessible and heartfelt without being pretentious, Anderson’s lyrics have made him a favorite for years and I Am Still, his most recent release, will only enhance that popularity.
Anderson has a lovely voice that soars with throbbing intensity. On ballads, like the haunting Madison Laughs with music by Roy Zimmerman, his gentle, whispering delivery will bring a lump to your throat, while on silly ditties like Jury Duty Girlfriend, a delicious ode to jury-duty-infatuation written in collaboration with Ritt Henn, his natural flair for the comedic and absurd comes shining through. Many songs on I Am Still are reflections on, and meditations about, the loss of his mother and Anderson’s delivery rings with an authenticity that’s piercing in its sadness.
If you haven’t discovered D.C. Anderson, I Am Still is an excellent place to start. David Hurst, Cabaret Scenes Magazine March 2007