Turning Away Marks Civil Rights Songwriting Brilliance

Life is on a different scale;
Stories I’m sure they have to tell;
No Food, no job, no home.

TurningAway Adam Schneider is driven by something uncommon. While every artist and songwriter wants to craft stories that take us as listeners to a different place, the destination is not the usual course with his songwriting. Civil rights issues and stories come alive through a blend of well-crafted lyrics and gorgeously composed musical arrangements. Rising and falling in texture, the mood of Turning Away marks a record of music all pertaining to civil rights shine brilliantly.

A sound that’s comparable to Raul Maolo, Schneider incorporates a lush spread of instrumentation across the album to paint detailed pictures in music, instead of trying to convey harsh realities through the typical soundscapes of sadness.

Straight out of the gate with No Home (quoted above), loss is personified in a powerful way that takes us into the life of someone we might know. The song beautifully paints a sad tale using vivid musical textures. Whereas the common route is to use dark tones to convey a tragic tale, Adam takes a road less traveled and incorporates more hopeful sounds from horns, guitar and keys.

Contemporary rock needs fluidity and movement to be grabbed onto, otherwise the tendency of songwriters is to rely on a catchy hook, chorus and bridge to make the musical connection. Thankfully that’s not the case in Turning Away. Upbeat and with a mix of spunk and zest, tracks like Give It The Light, Stand, and Free Dimensional capture the emotional pull needed in music to make real connection. Uplifting in unexpected ways, Aging Me is one I keep returning to again and again.

It’s very interesting that songwriting about dynamic civil rights issues like education, homelessness, and objectification take such an unexpected twist. In a day where musical discoveries are a click away, don’t venture anywhere for a bit and allow this collection of music to connect with you. For me, it’s music I can’t walk away from for long. I’m sure it will be similar for you too.
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3 thoughts on “Turning Away Marks Civil Rights Songwriting Brilliance

  • August 15, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Great review! I agree that the instrumentation on the album is fantastic. Love Undefined is my personal favorite.

    • August 16, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      Right on Peter. It’s always great finding artists with more than half the album is dynamic songs. We’ll be featuring some of these songs on an upcoming episode of our radio show.

  • August 17, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    This is my amazing little brother!!! I am so proud of him and thankful that he is doing so well!!:D


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