Michael Veitch’s New Album “Wachtraum”
“Valentine’s Day” is the first single and a lyric video
Michael Veitch’s “Wachtraum,” (which means “Wake Dream”) is available in all digital and physical stores and by mail order c/o www.michaelveitch.com/michael-veitch-store.
“Valentine’s Day,” a co-write with Michael’s long-time recording engineer Julie Last, is the album’s first single.
Watch a lyric video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xLaHAnvO8E.
Folking’s Bill Golembeski says the song “is upbeat and pushes the pop-o-meter needle into much radio friendlier climes. This one is smooth, passionate, and graced with Hallmark greeted lyrics. And Michael gets to open the throttle on his (really nice) falsetto.” Music Connection’s Eric Harabadian cites “Valentine’s Day” “choice hooks and romantic sentiments.”
Favorite songs on “Wachtraum” include “August Nights,” which has a “Beach Boys” vibe. “April Fools,” co-written with Judy Kass, deals with delusional thinking. “Happy Fourth of July” recalls leaders and peace activists we’ve lost since the 1960s and features Dan playing brother Chris’s guitar. “Wachtraum” ends with the holy days of December with “One Wish” a duet with ethereal singer-songwriter Kirsti Gholsen.
Six Degrees’ Anne Carlini praises Michael’s songwriting, “His music visits the past without regret and the future with an optimist’s eye while his lyrics and melody weave a narrative of world-class performance.”
This April, Michael appears on PBS’s upcoming broadcast, “We Remember-Songs from Survivors”– songwriters collaborating with Holocaust survivors.
Michael’s thankful that the folk community has helped him through the years. Judy Collins covered his song “Veteran’s Day,” on her 2013 Live From the Temple of Dendur DVD, and 2011 CD “Bohemian.” Michael’s song “Pledging Allegiance,” which reached #10 on the 2017 Folk/Americana charts, was honored by Music2Life Foundation. He’s a regular at festivals, notably the 2001 Newport Folk Festival. Breaking out in the the1980s, with the help of Shawn Colvin—first sending him to Greenwich Village to expand his songwriting with Jack Hardy, and later—in the 1990s—having him open for her on an extensive tour; she also sang on his first album, “New York Journal.”
He has shared stages with a who’s who of singer-songwriters over many years of touring.
6.Happy Fourth of July
9.Birthday Oh Birthday
10.Last Days of Summer
11.First Snow of the Year