Various Artists - 20 x 20: The LVF Singer/Songwriter Compilation
Little Village Foundation (LVF), the non-profit record company founded in 2014 by Grammy Award-winning keyboardist Jim Pugh, produces and distributes recordings by a wide array of performers operating outside of the music industry mainstream. Pugh, who has recorded and toured with the likes of Van Morrison, Robert Cray, John Lee Hooker and Etta James, created the label in 2014 to expand the reach of talented artists who might not otherwise break out of their local and regional circles.
20 x 20 comprises twenty stripped-down songs recorded by twenty LVF artists for the year 2020. It is both a document of and a compilation for our times. Taken as a whole, the compilation unifies several undercurrent themes, including the importance of family, reevaluating our life priorities in challenging times, feeling nostalgic for bygone days, and not surprisingly, examining our political landscape with a critical eye and holding our political leaders accountable for their actions.
The opening track, “Things to Learn,” sung and finger-picked on acoustic guitar by multi-instrumentalist Nic Clark accompanied by cellist Katherine Smith, is a melancholic song reflecting on the lessons of childhood. Early on, Clark sings of learning to crawl and learning to walk, but concludes with the inevitable awakening of adulthood and the realization that “…life moves like the air.”...