Written by Ellen Eldridge
July 11, 2012
Original Link: http://performermag.com/new-music-and-video/reviews/don-de-leaumont/
Folk songs contrived from dreams and played with sincerity
An Old Leg Sign
Don de Leaumont oozes sincerity. Those who know him as a journalist know his passion for brutal honesty and those who know him from his folk songs know him as a down-to-earth songwriter, unconcerned with grandiose dreams of wiping his butt with hundred dollar bills. Instead, he imagines a life twisted by loneliness and impacted by poverty. The first track on An Old Leg Sign dives into the idea that a wall built around an affluent community in Atlanta may function to keep its owners’ arrogance in as opposed to the street-level citizens out. Don admits his songs stay surface level, but describes them as very dear to him with themes ranging from a contrived tale of a cowboy loving a Federale who brings him everything he needs – except the jailhouse key – to a song inspired by the great, if not sarcastic, mind of Benjamin Franklin advising all to share that which comes from deep within, in “Fart Proudly.”
A handful of creatively-crafted and folk-worthy songs dance alongside a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Dead Flowers;” this ode to his childhood mis-pronunciation, “An old leg sign,” from “Auld Lang Syne,” reiterates feelings not only of nostalgia for days gone by but also for the spirit of the music industry where anyone can create an album and dream of fame with starry eyes. Don de Leaumont takes an honest account as he draws from dreams as well as hopes for the future.