The diversity of talents and the range of voices offered a rich and encompassing sound that could have filled any venue, large or small. The Rivolis smaller setting offered an intimate and warm environment for all comers, many of whom were friends and family. Wall dedicated many of the songs to members of the audience who have given him loving support.
Most of the songs were written by David Wall and the lyrics are beautiful, but we didnt always have time to revel in their meaning because we were too distracted by the music itself. The lyrical meanings are open to individual interpretation. Fortify me" could be about God or cereal joked Wall. Then there was "All about the Water" which Walls friend Michael described as odd but that song stood out for me. "Have no Fear" (the only lullaby ever to have two accordions and a trumpet) was incredible. "Wonder" and "Yonder Come Day" also stood out. Then David wished for cinnamon bread from a bakery I cant recall the name of
Squinting into the lights and explaining his inspirations for songs, David Wall has a great personality but doesnt always seem comfortable at the front of the stage. I cant imagine why. What a pleasure also to witness Wall and Whiteleys joking repartee, from discussing the 5 Blind Boys of Alabama to broken guitar strings. It wasnt until I had researched further that I realized Whiteley is Walls mentor. The singing was brilliant, making me wish the musicians would stop playing their instruments so we could enjoy the purity of the human instrument. To that end, David did sing a fun Yiddish lullaby on his own.