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Reluctant Pilgrim

An album by Stephen Schwartz

Reluctant Pilgrim the album

Reluctant Pilgrim
Midder, 1997.

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  • Includes: Dreamscape, Crowded Island, So Far, More Than This, Life Goes On, The Hardest Part of Love, Prestidigitation, Ten-Day Heartbreak, Code of Silence, Snapshots, Cactus Flowers (47:37 minutes)

See also Schwartz-lyrics-2 "Crowded Island" and "Code of Silence

And Sheet Music for "Crowded Island" Stephen Schwartz Songbook

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Comments by Carol de Giere

Only one of the 11 songs on this CD is a show tune. The others are lyrically and melodically rich songs composed, sung and accompanied by Schwartz. Reluctant Pilgrim has been praised for its "adult" oriented songs as opposed to typical pop songs often written for or about a young person's perspective. Reluctant Pilgrim lyrics are written by someone who has reviewed his life journey and has a sense of how to keep life in balance. Listeners often say they readily identify with the conflicts and concerns expressed in the songs. As one reviewer said, "They give a space for reflection. It's almost like therapy."

When I bought this CD I was already an avid Schwartz fan and so I have no idea how I would react as a neutral listener. As a fan, there is something precious than hearing Stephen sing his own songs, especially ones that are so heartfelt. I can't remember ever hearing songs anywhere else like "So Far" or like "Code of Silence."