by Susan Varnes-Newland
(Guest blogger from Grieve The Astronaut) ~ ~
“A Safe Harbor for Wayward Echoes”
(new album by Tobias the Owl)
The first time I heard Tobias The Owl perform live, was at the Seattle Hard Rock Cafe, ‘2018 Make Music Day’ After Party. There were several bands performing that night and the floor in front of the stage was cleared out, so people could dance and mingle. However, right before Tobias The Owl came onstage, I noticed Mark and Linda Gordon, owners of Seattle Wave Radio, pull out chairs into that clear area. I distinctly remember Mark saying, “Tobias The Owl is a singer/songwriter you sit and listen to.” He was absolutely correct.
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Elijah Dhavvan, a university professor by day, writes and records as Tobias the Owl and also serves as guiding force to the collective performing under that name, is the quintessential intuitive PNW storyteller. A musician, a guitar and a soothing voice to share his musical story. Each song on this new album “A Safe Harbor for Wayward Echoes” is a prescription for a troubled soul. They truly are songs you sit down and listen to. Smooth and healing, with beautiful harmonies and guitar instrumentation, music that is heartfelt that feels authentic. I find myself wanting to sing along during the harmonies. Finding a way to join my voice with the story being told. And because you want to listen to every aspect of each song, you tune out anything else that is going on in your life. And just listen. Every song gives you a few minutes of peace. Elijah wrote the new album as he was recovering from cancer. “When someone tells you you’re going to die, as happened to me, it doesn’t take long to come to terms with that,” Dhavvan says
I am a Pacific Northwest native, and have lived the past 34 years in the woodsy Snoqualmie Valley/Snoqualmie Pass area. The legends of these pioneer areas have been passed down through musical storytelling. Tobias The Owl grabs onto the character of those artistic storytellers. I love all the watery references made to nature. Plus, I am very intrigued by the name, Tobias The Owl. We have owls living out in our woodsy backyard. Every time we hear one hooting at night, we stop what we are doing to run outside and listen to it. What is this wise owl saying to us? And, I love lying in bed at night, listening to the owl songs from the woods. I know that there is someone out there looking over us.
I would say that Tobias the Owl perfectly captures the essence of those owls. We stop what we’re doing, become quiet, so we can listen. Peaceful, flowing PNW folk/pop style music. The type where you curl up in a comfortable chair, and let your soul relax.
There is a reason why 3 of Tobais the Owl’s songs are featured on the official Starbucks worldwide playlist, and TTO songs have been featured in television and film. It’s going to be exciting to watch Tobias The Owl continue to take flight!
Tobias The Owl’s A Safe Harbor for Wayward Echoes will be released on Megaforce Records on August 24. The album features special guests Ben Harper, Laura Veirs and Inara George, and was produced, engineered and mixed by Grammy Award winning Sheldon Gomberg (Warren Zevon, Rickie Lee Jones, Ryan Adams). Preorder the album HERE. Listen to the second single “Let Go,” HERE. Listen to the first single “Deep River City,” featuring Laura Veirs HERE.
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