With the release of the Heart ‘N’ Hands album, Allowah brings a new feel to a classic genre
Lush with addicting vocal melodies, classic rock style, and a positive attitude, the record boasts the aesthetic of folk pop anthems. Though the songs are diverse from one another, there is a glue that holds it all together much like a concept album would. Most importantly, the record never loses sight of the emotional platform great songs are built from.
The first single, “So Long” is an upbeat, feel good classic rock song complete with an upswing rhythm, refreshing vocal harmonies, and rolling Americana style. The track seems to breathe and build as it plays on.
“It’s a play on words with any number of levels of meaning. Clearly it’s a quaint and kind of funny way of saying “goodbye,” and we play on that in the song, as it kind of fades out with us singing “so long” (plus it’s at the tail end of the CD). On another level, it’s a lover’s way of saying, “Hey babe, where you been all my life? I’ve waited for you for so long.” It could also be read as a play on “getting the band back together,” which became part of pop culture from the Blues Brothers movie. On a deeper level, it’s taking those romantic sentiments to mystic-cosmic proportions.” explains songwriter Alan Lowenschuss of his single.
Although the single does speak volumes for the album, to get a real understanding of where Allowah is coming from, it should be heard in its entirety.
“Well, like A Course in Miracles itself, the album is really a “One Note Johnny” type of deal – it expresses the same one damn thing over and over again in 13 different songs. In other words, it’s a concept album and it really is all of one piece. It’s about peace, how to find peace and keep it. How to live in this world yet not be of it, how to not suffer, or at least, not suffer so much, and help others do the same.. Listening to it is a kind of spiritual practice and a therapy, as it reminds you of eternal truths. This is my first time working in a state-of-the-art studio (The Vibe, in Fort Myers, Florida) with an amazingly talented engineer (Charlie Lukes) and producer-arranger (Julian Sunby). It was a collaborative effort and is certainly not what I would have (or could have) come up with on my own. That said, we really kept it all very simple – guitar, vocals, harmonica, bass, drums – we used nothing synthesized, no samples, no loops. Not that I have anything against those elements, mind you, and will no doubt get on that bandwagon in a future offering…” says Allowah of his album and songwriting process.
Although trumpet was his first instrument, Alan Lowenschuss picked up a guitar at the age of only 11 and began writing songs at 19. Being very self-critical and a bit shy, the songwriter never released his material or collaborated in any bands. Until that is, when he came to start working with a spiritual document called “A Course in Miracles”. Working with it helped him work through his self-judgment and limiting beliefs and enabled him to grow as a person and musician. It’s also how he came to meet songwriter Grace Ballenger who ended up working with Allowah on vocal harmonies and more throughout the songs. After a friend offered to put up the money to record an album, the songs finally came to fruition. The Heart ‘N’ Hands release is a perfect example of where Allowah is musically.
The Heart ‘N’ Hands album is now available for streaming and download on most major digital outlets and the songwriter is planning on playing various ACIM venues, Unity Churches, spiritual music festivals, along with working on new material with songwriter Katrina Lilly.