Listening to Bing, is like being told secrets. Chiming acoustic guitars, mingle with intimate, cinematic lyrics. Themes of love, isolation, redemption, hope (both lost and found). Raw. Honest. From the heart. Bingham Willoughby: solo, acoustic, singer/songwriter, indie, pop-storyteller.
"Bingham Willoughby decided to take full responsibility for his new solo CD, so he left the big city of Toronto and moved to
the country where living is easy, and began work on Maybe Not Today, Maybe Tomorrow. An impressive collection of songs, Bing played all the instruments as well as producing, engineering and even the CD artwork. He is related to the poet Richard Lovelace, a seventeenth century Cavalier and metaphysical poet.
"Sweet Talk", the opening track will be the next Lou Reed hit if he gets to it first. The tracks are adventurous, brutally unleashing a lot of backed-up self-examination that comes across as playful rather than self indulgent. I like the drumming and I am a harsh critic of beating on plastic with trees by nature. "Evil Words", "My Swan Song", "Little Cloud", "And Happiness", "Fall Now" and "Hurry Up Comfort", all showcase Bing's voice as an instrument suited to his writing which may very well be the most divisive component of his music. "When You're Up You're Up", "Amber", and "Friends", is so clearly Bing, providing such a specific kind of pleasure, that it might as well come with a trademark symbol attached to each line.
"What If You'd Chosen Me?", "The North Light" and "Some Will Build" are some of my personal favorite tracks; exceedingly
diverse: moodwise. It is alternately, romantic, personal, rocking, and epic, with each mood individually represented by its
own melodic approach, lyrical imagery, and vocal delivery. "When Is Long Enough" and "It Happened By Chance" are equally
involving and intriguing with poetic imagery that brings to mind Dylan in his many diverse and always creative early stages.
The guitar work and production is reminiscent of JJ Cale and Neil Young on several songs in this new batch, and since few artists have made such a virtue out of minimal arrangements, Bing is sitting pretty. Cale is all about less is more, too. Cale's only advice to me when I joined up with him was, the licks I didn't play would be the best licks I would ever play for him.
"After The World" is the closing track. Honest, inspired and the emotional climax of Maybe Not Today, Maybe Tomorrow. Bing has a great beginning with this groundbreaking work. And I can tell you he has a great sense of humor and is passionate about his craft and it shows. I am a fan and give this CD a 5 drumsticks up! A truly gifted Canadian songwriter and my new golf partner. That's only if either of us ever learn to play. FORE!"
Gary Allen (The Charlie Daniels Band/JJ Cale/Stonewall Jackson)