Archive for December 24th, 2018

Brian Toval – Straight Street

The Straight Street Album is a collection of tunes written, performed, and produced by Brian Toval the keyboard player for Strate Notes. Brian has worked as a Medical Technologist, Project Manager, Software Developer, and presently works as a Software Integration Engineer. He played in a cover band, Stop Inc, to pay his way through college. Brian played for several years with the James Rivers Movement and was a part of the James Rivers Movement that performed on the Clint Eastwood 1984 movie ‘Tightrope’; that was filmed in New Orleans. Brian has always been torn between his love for technology and his love for music. Brian said technology won the battle. Although Brian did not pursue a career in music, he stilled participated in a few local projects. With the advances made in music technology, Brian found himself slowly being drawn back into the music realm this is his first solo project.

‘Straight Street’ was inspired by the story of Paul receiving his sight after being blinded on the Damascus road by CHRIST. CHRIST instructed Ananias to go the street named Straight to restore Paul’s sight. (Acts 9:8 – 18). ‘Pops’, the second tune on the album, is inspired by Brian’s grandfather who used to smoke a pipe. Pops was a hip dude who walked with a limp and was super cool dude. Pops made his own wine! ‘Why You Messing With Me’ is a groove that was originally written as a vocal tune. The hook line is ‘Why You Messing With Me’ the lyrics were going to tell a story about person who meets the perfect soulmate and can’t believe that the person is reciprocating the love. ‘Jesus Is the Only Way’ with all the hate in the world. There is only one solution and that’s Jesus. Not religion but a true relationship with Jesus. It’s hard to hate anyone when you know the LORD. Brian says everyone should have their rights but a true Christian understands their rites! Everyone is not a Christian but everyone deserves the right to make that decision.

‘A Better Day’ is a happy instrumental. It was inspired by Brian’s goddaughter Amber. The day was always made better when he spoke with Amber. ‘Sassy Thing’ is inspired by Semmi, Brian’s first Rottweiler. She was loving, protective, and sassy. ‘Climate Change’ tells a story. There are two conversations. The background groove, people in denial, continues like nothing is happening to the environment while the horn player is trying to get their attention that we have a problem. Finally, the drummer triggers an argument between the electric piano and the horn. The boom in the background indicates that time is running out. ‘Give Me Your Love’ is the only vocal tune. The lyrics is about a man meeting a lady falling in love with her and wanting to spend the rest of his life with her. She becomes his soulmate and guide through life. He can’t get enough of her. Ceasar Elloie, Brian’s lifetime friend performs the vocals on this song. Check out Ceasar Elloie’s New Orleans to Paris CD. ‘Night Drive’ was inspired by the many road trips made at night by Brian traveling as a musician.

Get this album on CDBaby.