Edwin McCain: Scream and Whisper
By: Linda Spielman
Back in 1998, I was in Charlotte, NC visiting a friend who was on the road working for Matchbox Twenty. Sitting backstage after the show, I found myself having a conversation with a guy about my age, discussing music, travel and living in the South. I figured he was a friend of one of the guys in the band. He was very funny and I remember him saying how much he liked coming to my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA when he was on tour. I never asked my backstage buddy his name. But, later on that evening, while talking with my friend whom I had come to visit, he said, "So I see you were hanging out with Edwin McCain tonight." To my surprise, I had no idea who I was chatting with for the entire evening.
Having made a name for
himself over the years on Adult Contemporary Radio and TV shows
such as Dawson's Creek, where his music was featured, Edwin
McCain's fourth CD entitled Scream & Whisper, released on
June 22, 2004, is yet another valiant collaboration of simplistic,
yet heartfelt, songs. The collection of fourteen tracks is consistent
with McCain's stellar track record of songwriting. His songs are
as charming as the personality behind them. Just as we hear of southern
comfort foods, Edwin McCain's music is just that, southern comfort
food for the ears.
The CD's first track
Coming Down is a lively, upbeat tale of an astronaut-like
character coming back to earth and realizing the importance of the
simple and real things life has to offer. Whether it be the character
portrayed in the song who comes back to earth, or McCain speaking
for himself as one involved in an industry so caught up in the "it's
all about me" mentality, the message of relying on those things
which are true and real, as opposed to instant gratification, is
Such other notable tracks include Good Enough, Wild At Heart, Save The Rain and Shooting Stars. The main underlying theme of this whole CD is not to look for happiness in material things and instant feelings of self worth and gratification. Step back, take a good look at what your life is already worth and enjoy the small but very important aspects of the general everyday, both good and bad. McCain not only utilizes his talent of compassionate yet realistic songwriting, but also incorporates romantic melodies along with musical arrangements that take the listener on a journey into themselves.