If unlike Mr. Clinton, you prefer to inhale, Ben Harper has an anthem for you on his second CD, Fight for Your Mind:
If you don’t like my fire
then don’t come around
cause I’m going to burn one down
yes I’m going to burn one down
Harper has two CDs. And he is all about talent. All around talent. Good lyrics. Good tunes. Good drums. Good guitar work. He’s been playing small venues for several years and is presently touring with the Horde tour. This CD is a blend of protest songs (a protest against indifference), love songs, or at love gone sour and weird, and a few gospel, praise the Lord hymns.
The love songs, “Another Lonely Day,” “Please Me Like You Want To,” and “Gold to Me” depict a mature, slightly sad view of love.
You presence ain’t nobody’s blessing
I’ve got plenty of other things
I could do.
But he doesn’t of course – or he wouldn’t be singing about it. The heartbroken vocals and sad guitar strings and the drums make for a haunting tune devoted to obsessional love. “Gold to Me,” is one of those contented love ballads when true love has been found at a cost. The CD ends with songs that show a social conscience without being preachy, such as the track “Fight for Your Mind.”
If your going to build a house
make it a home
if your gonna pull some weight
pull your own
I can’t classify this CD, but I love it, and everyone I have played it for loves it.