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Video: Kenny Roby’s “Silver Moon (For Neal)”

October 5, 2020

Music connects us, binding meaning to shared experience, helping us make sense of the unexplainable. Kenny Roby’s “Silver Moon (for Neal)” serves as a sonic touchpoint for friends and fans of Neal Casal. 

The recollection of Roby’s friend and songwriting collaborator breathes an unearthly connection, transporting us to the night of the Neal Casal Memorial Tribute at the Capitol Theatre on September 25, 2019. This song shapes Roby’s album The Reservoir in many ways. Cut paper art animation by Angie Pickman of Rural Pearl Studio brings the song even more to life.

Roby’s rich vocal tone feels like a fire’s warm glow in the moonlight, wrapping through each lyric with an unsettling ache. It’s an expression of the purest form of spiritual love, a child’s heart singing with a man’s confusion, waiting for the universe to guide the way. 

In these strange days, if you’re struggling or know someone who is, here are some resources that may help, courtesy of Kenny Roby: 

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) 
  • SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline: 1-877-SAMHSA7 (1-877-726-4727) 
  • MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses on the music industry’s resources and attention on human service issues that directly influence the music community’s health and welfare. 
  • BACKLINE provides easy access to preventative care and crisis management services for music community professionals.  —Lisa Whealy

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Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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