Mark Abel’s The Dream Gallery isn’t just being digitally released in your typical places this week; we’re pleased and excited to announce The Delos Store’s very first full album of MP3 downloads!
That’s right, you can download The Dream Gallery in MP3 format directly from Delos, and for only $5.99!
But that’s not the only Dream Gallery news today. Mark Abel was featured on the Richmond Confidential along with one of the seven portraits — Lonnie (Richmond)!
“The song opens with the ominous, resonating notes of a piano and the gentle strokes of a harp. A deep bass voice croons, “Smell of chemicals hangs in the air above the Iron Triangle. Some things never change, and I’ve been here 70 years now.”
“Each song is based on the perspective of one character, after whom the songs are named. For Richmond, the main character is Lonnie, an older African American man who has lived in Richmond for most of his life. Abel himself lived in Richmond for about 20 years and he said Lonnie is a composite character of many people he met.
“There’s nothing that I made up in terms of sentiments in that piece,” Abel said. “It’s all stuff I heard out of the mouths of real people, and I have to agree with a lot of it.”
“The ten-minute long song takes on quite a bit of Richmond history, something that is reflected in changes of mood throughout. For example, the music comes to a full stop about two minutes into the song just after Lonnie finishes describing the economic downturn. After a pause, high strings lead the listener into the story of the 1960s rioting and the development of the Hilltop. The music is slow and sad, but has an ominous tone.” — Richmond Confidential