Keith Moody: Dreaming Out Loud

Keith Moody:  Dreaming Out Loud

Written by Ellen Marie Hawkins

Keith Moody:  Dreaming Out LoudKeith has an irresistible sound.  He has just enough pop not to alienate those who aren’t completely into rock, just enough rock in his layers of guitars to be respected as a musician, and just enough country with his intriguing stories to make everyone in Nashville love him.  Put your windows down and go for a drive or play it for friends; no matter what you’re doing while listening, Keith’s music will put you in a better mood than you were before you listened.

His lyrics are as uplifting as his melodies.  “One Big Ending,” the first single from Dreaming out Loud, is making an impact, and rightfully so.  Telling the story of a girl who is told she will be nothing from her first day, dreams anyway, and breaks free from all the pessimistic predictions the nay sayers around her clothe her in (“The prisoners will always envy the free”).  But, really, this album is chock full of similar songs echoing perseverance and integrity, and every one of them is as radio ready as the first single, if not more so.  A perfect example, “Up,” a hip shaking song about finding the right one, had me getting around the chair and moving around my office every time I heard it.  But I loved the message even more; he doesn’t see monogamy as monotonous (“lots of fish in the sea/some like to fish/it ain’t for me”), and acknowledges that there’s something larger at work in the relationship (“I guess there’s something bigger that keeps pushing her back through my door”).

Positive perspective make the lyrics shine, weaving a common thread of not just uplifting and fun music to listen to, but songs that can be taken to heart and learned from as well.   “There ain’t a shot of whiskey in this world/That will kill being alone”(“Red Line”), and in “Already Home,” Keith sings, “Don’t take for granted those who try to hurt you/Those are the ones that push you on/And set you apart.”  “Next in Line” in general is about taking a chance, and “Do it Over Again” encourages the listener to try, regardless of the “pain and the strife.”

“Plastic Hearts,” the saddest song on the album, sits like a confession at the very end and reveals a Keith who is burdened by the lost around him.  He reveals his heartbreak at this and questions if he’s ever getting through, and his concern is sincere, but it’s also relatable and honest.  My favorite part about it, though, is that Keith reveals his character in the previous tracks, and the spirit is large enough for the listener to understand that that burden he may feel will be the very thing that drives him forward to make a positive difference.

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