Reilly's music and lyrics are clever and poetic and often playful. He blends hip-hop, blues, gospel, world rhythms, and traditional American Indian styles, and I find the combination of deep spiritual truths with hip-hop to be brilliant and satisfying. For instance, the groovy, soulful "Infinite Hearts" has become a regular prayer for me when I'm giving in to the dark side:
| The room in my heart is infinite, |
there's no limit to what can fit in it and if
love is what I give, love is what I get.
It's the balance between my body and spirit.
Joe Reilly makes music that flows through us calls us closer to who we want and need to be. It's joyous, humble, and clear and no one gets a nose broken. He celebrates the release of his new CD, Planting Gardens, at the Friends Meetinghouse on Friday, September 29. He'll also appear at Crazy Wisdom on Friday, September 8 (see Nightspots).
[Review published September 2006]