CD REVIEW: My Dad by Mike Derek

After growing up on a farm in Ontario Canada, Mike Derek started his career singing in a church choir as a baritone. He moved to Kitchener, Ontario and gravitated to singing in Nursing and Retirement homes for the aged, as well as Sunbeam Centre for Handicapped Children. CKTO TV in Kitchener captured one of his performances at a Retirement Home and Mike has had articles appear in newspapers and had his music played on many radio stations. He was also a former Sunshine Boy in the Toronto Sun. Mike recorded a single “Down in the Boondocks,” then a 10 song album called – Escape. The track “My Dad” is his new single and it begins and ends nicely, which isn’t always the situation when singing about one’s dad, as proven to go both ways throughout time.

It’s good to hear an uplifting song instead of a sad one, and Mike Derek appears to clearly know the difference. The singer is quite good I must add, with an obvious background singing in church. That’s not anything to balk at, because it’s where any given career artist can not only learn, but actually-earn their chops. It’s also where to find some of the most advanced singers around. He holds his own with them and adult-contemporary crooners.

The twangy sound at the start quickly vanishes and a vocal-dominated presence turns up the interest as he goes into vaguely but surely describing his dad without boring details, so you stay with the song and don’t get lost. Mission accomplished is the result at every feat, as he pays respect and conveys the same to the ears of the world. Where else to draw the inspiration for such a title from than dad’s, and that’s where it can get fun or sticky and the latter doesn’t prevail. The former does, but also without boring or losing any interest in the lyrics and things like that.

It’s good to report this is a first-class musical delivery with a world class sound/production. The strings are well-arranged and go in perfect contrast with the octaves of his voice, which goes from high to low without notice if you’re not paying attention.

It only took but a quick three times to wrap my head around that much alone. Then it gets a lot easier to process and you can tell it’s not as complex after all. That’s some-kind of magic the music itself doesn’t have, but the author controls to make their own unique sound out of. You are either drawn in by it or left the opposite. He masterfully draws you in.

It’s puzzling how a ballad can be so spiritually uplifting without bringing something tragic or tormenting into it, but Derek is devoid of all that without going too far to show it. This is a song with radio-appeal for the masses, and it should receive airplay. Not everyone is deserving of that these days, but if Mike Derek stays the course it should be vastly heard.

I believe the consensus would say that Mike Derek is a great artist with a single to spark major interest, and that’s just tipping the iceberg without knowing more about Mike Derek. That alone is a tall order and one he’s up to by the sound of “My Dad.”


by Mike Tabor

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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