Edge of a Vision
When I first met Susan Solomon, she was playing at the Café Du Nord in San Francisco, with her band, Unsung Heroes. At the moment I began to realize there was something special about her, she was playing 'Into the Future,' a bouquet of jazzy rock. As I was recovering from the dreamy state I had slipped into while listening to 'Into the Future,' the band, led by Solomon, segued into 'Get Away,' and I was startled to realize she was now singing something akin to the purist Southern Rock. Was she singing a bit like Petty? I did not know then that Susan had grown up on the same street with Petty in Gatorland, and had every right to sound like a Southern rocker. What I did hear, in songs such as 'Into the Future' and 'Shadow' was a seductive message that reminded me of Joni Mitchell at one moment, and then, in 'Get Away' and 'Follow Your Heart,' a worldly even masculine challenge the next. 'Follow Your Heart' was the last, unforgetable song that first night. As I got to know Susan and her band, Unsung Heroes, I saw how the band worked to create a consistent and reliable sound while playing such a rich variety of musical compositions. Many of the songs I love by her, but by no means all, are on this album, 'Edge of a Vision.' Roger Farmer Farmer-Glover Music - Berkeley, CA.