Ball of Wax 39 Songs: Joseph Allen Beltram – Meditation in D

Cleveland’s (soon to be Seattle’s) Joseph Allen Beltram has quickly become a BoW regular. He first joined us with a swoony love tune on Volume 35, and “Meditation in D” marks his third contribution since then. This is an older, unreleased track, featuring Beltram’s now-familiar rich baritone and densely strummed acoustic guitar, backed by the estimable instrumental rock outfit The Six Parts Seven (who played a similar role behind one of my favorite singer-songwriters, Richard Buckner, on a tour that I regret missing to this very day). Lots of reverb and syncopation, an ocean of D, a little slide guitar . . . that’s a whole lot of musical sweet spots for me. I hope the full album that spawned this tune sees the light of day some time soon.

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