Dwight Mitchell - The Diary

Published Wednesday 1st September 2004
Dwight Mitchell - The Diary
Dwight Mitchell - The Diary

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Richard Toller

Dwight Mitchell is a classically-trained pianist from Maine who has played in everything from punk rock bands to jazz bands - a background that comes out in the music with a 1970s-influenced rock sound dominating with a few surprises thrown in. In 1999 Dwight read in a Christian magazine the diary of a high school girl named Lillian Carroll. It followed her life from out-of-control teenager to passionate Christian following the suicide of a friend. This was the inspiration for him to write and record - with Lillian's permission - a rock opera based on her diary. By profession an architect, Dwight built his own studio to record the project. Instrumentally it's strong, only the vocals on some of the songs let it down and betray its independent amateur musician origins. The story goes from traumatic beginnings - "Where did you go? Are you even there?/'m afraid to believe in you God but then I'm afraid not to" - to a joyful conclusion - "Lord I know you're here I have no fear/Your love surrounds me." On the way it vividly portrays the struggles of a new Christian, feeling "My friends still walk in darkness/The Christians that I know don't have the same struggles/There's nowhere to fit in/Where do the new believers go?" The packaging is excellent with extracts from the diary alongside the songs which often quote directly from it and paintings expressing the feelings in the diary and songs. I would give this CD to a new young Christian.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Where Did You Go [Listen]
2. This Present Darkness [Listen]
3. Holiness [Listen]

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