Trevor Hall talks about music, karma and Bob Marley
The Pace Press catches up with Hall for a Q&A while touring on the road
By Km Bui

Published: Thursday, February 18, 2010

Updated: Saturday, February 20, 2010

Combine the essence of the legendary Bob Marley and the deep vocals and acoustic sounds of Jack Johnson and you’d have Trevor Hall. Hall has a unique sound all his own. Upon first hearing him sing, you’d probably recognize his voice from his single “Other Ways,” which was featured in the Disney film Shrek the Third, but it will leave you wanting more. His latest album release, self-titled “Trevor Hall,” holds 13 feel good tracks that make you think of nothing but life, love and summer.

Using sounds native to Indian music, the first track “Internal Heights,” transports you and gives you just a taste of the kind of music to come. With spiritual “whoa’s,” and lyrics like “My strength comes from the river/ The eternal giver,” it’s clear that his music goes beyond obvious displays of feelings and take a deeper turn.

“Who You Gonna Turn To,” features simple chords and childlike chimes will have you swaying back and forth along the whole two minutes and 53 seconds that the track lasts. Hall’s voice as he sings “Surrender/ I say surrender,” carries almost like a deep plea.

“The Lime Tree,” is one of the slower tracks on the album in that it is short but sweet and straight to the point. Saying “It took a while for you to find me/ But I was hiding in the lime tree,” Hall sings of love and his love for those important to him. Singer Colbie Callait lends her vocals to this song and adds a whimsical touch.

“Volume,” immediately jumps in with a few beats before it has a full band sound and Hall singing at a quicker pace than the previous songs. Hall’s lyrics read more like poetry, “We are all notes in this Eternal song/ God plays his flute and we all dance along/ Hold up the sky/ No asking why/ How can we know if we don’t even try.”

“Where’s The Love,” features simple guitar strums and drums as Hall sings words like “So many Gods but no love for the people/ My Mama told me that we’re all made equal/ What are we fighting for/ Why are we still at war/ Where’s the love, where’s the love,” is the perfect example of how his work is relatable to that of Marley.

Like the art of origami itself, “Origami Crane,” is more complex than it appears. Using origami as a metaphor for life, Hall asks “Which way do you fold you origami crane” as harmonica and tribal like drums set the steady rhythm for the rather deep question.

“My Baba,” one of Hall’s favorite songs hits close to home singing of his own “baba.” More simple chimes and guitar strums set the angelic tone for this heartfelt song.

“Unity,” one of the singles from this album is an eye opener. The album has two versions of this song, one featuring the infamous Matisyahu Miller. The track evokes a more laid back sound, like that of a jam session almost. The guitar and drum segments seem to just fall into place as Hall sings of a united world. The two write of a place “Where there’s not more you and me/ No more they and we/ Just unity.”

This album evokes thought and truly makes the listener think about the words Hall sings and the messages he conveys. His use of exotic sounds and instruments, along with guitars and drums provide simple but catchy melodies. Hall’s hypnotic voice truly captivates the listener. “Trevor Hall,” his latest release contains feel good songs that sound more organic than anything.

Hall has been writing since the age of 14 and this album definitely shows his hard work, what he has learned over the years and how he grown as a musician. If you are looking for music to get you out of those winter blues, go buy his album and give it a listen.