Bob Reidenbach – Come Touch The Air Softly
As interest continues to surge in the softer sounds of yesteryear, it is apparent that a Soft Renaissance is upon us. This is no secret to deep diggers around the globe: rival collectors are frantically scouring the earth, scrambling to Out-Soft each other with unheard obscurities of extreme gentleness. Every now and then, the collecting world is set ablaze when a new record surfaces that is so soft, it literally sets a new standard for softness. Soft, it seems, IS the new Hard.
Presumably Bob Reidenbach had no idea of the power his ode to softness would retain some 30 odd years after recording this album, “a collection of gentle songs.” He and his Kenosha based liturgical choir group released the album through the famed RPC (Recorded Publications Company) sometime in the mid-seventies. It is clear, both from the sounds and the words, that he was a true soft pioneer, with a rare feel for soft music. He sums up his intent nicely in his liner notes, “Please take our music to heart and mind and perhaps it will reveal within you, a newness . . . a gentleness.”
If you have a candle, this would be an opportune time to dim the lights and let it burn.