2003 / Ted Brabham, Jr.
A Long Journey Home
”is pianist Ted Brabham’s debut CD, and is a great compilation of gospel and inspirational songs played on keyboards. Not exactly your “normal” (whatever that is!) musician, Brabham’s story is the stuff of a great movie. Going from a top-ranking defense attorney to Chairman of the Democratic Party to five months in solitary confinement for his part in the 1996 Florida election scandal, Ted Brabham has known some of the most dramatic highs and lows that life has to offer. While his political career was blown apart by the election scandal, his jail time was a turning point in Brabham’s personal and spiritual life, beginning his “Long Journey Home.” Born and raised in Texas, Brabham started piano lessons at the age of seven. By the time he was thirteen, he was the pianist for his church. His love for music has remained constant throughout his life. The music on Brabham’s CD ranges from reverent to joyful southern gospel styles, and most of the songs are very well-known. Highlights include a beautifully flowing arrangement of “There’s Something About That Name,” an upbeat “Peace in the Valley,” a dramatic and passionate version of “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” a rollicking “Just a Closer Walk With Thee,” a soulful “Precious Lord, Take Me By the Hand,” a joyful “When the Saints Go Marching In,” and my own favorite hymn “In the Garden.” I thoroughly enjoy the music on this album along with its message of hope and redemption. A Long Journey Home
is available from cdbaby.com, towerrecords.com, and tedbrabham.com
. Highly recommended if you like this kind of music!