Combining the magic of a pop song with the fragility and elegance of a classical instrument can often come across pretentious or disingenuous. One modern pop songster that hovers the summit to stardom is singer/songwriter Trevor Drury. His fusing of alt pop and string orchestration in his new single “Second Chances” is certainly not the first of its kind, but it’s next in line to be a hit.
Born in Tucson, Arizona, and raised in San Diego, California, Drury started playing the piano at age eight. He continued his studies in music at San Diego State University and The British and Irish Modern Music Institute. His debut album The Start hit in 2016, and “Second Chances” is from his EP Alice, It’s All In Your Head. Drury worked with two-time Grammy-winning producer Marc Swersky (Joe Cocker, Whitney Houston, Mink and more), mixed by Grammy winner Tony Black (Alicia Keys, Wu Tang Clan, Michael Jackson and more). “Second Chances” follows to “Head On The Tracks”, “Chapter 4” and “Star Ride”.
One of the best lines in the engaging “Second Chances” is tell me not to run away…I miss you. If not for Drury’s compassionate delivery, this stanza, and this entire song might be a completely different vibe. It’s one thing to ask for another chance with someone, it’s an entirely different story to be genuine and truly sorry. While it’s not clear what he’s exactly apologizing for, but at point it might because he’s sleeping around, I’m not sure, the guilt is heavy with Drury. He definitely carrying a burden and wants to be relieved of this so he can be back in the arms of his love. The saga continues with the impactful drum. Bang – the drum ends each measure like an exclamation point. The violin strings are the pulse and rhythm to this track. You made me hide, hung me out to dry, he sings. I have to think that maybe he’s walked away with his tail between his legs a bit and knows he’s being punished. He knows he deserves it and is ready to be real again. Second guesses are a waste of time, he pleads. The listener is circling the violin, chasing the same echoes in his voice to learn more, figure out where the song will take them.
Drury’s voice is ultra-cool deep and baritone. He readies himself for each word slowly at the beginning and after the song’s bridge. It’s as if he’s gathering his feelings, working up the nerve to say what he really wants to say. During the chorus, he sings with more vibrancy and impatience. Funny, during the chorus, I don’t recall the violin, but I know it’s there. I just found myself completely swept up into his voice. It’s like he’s a smoker, with ashy and blue-gray coloring in his chords. But, he’s sweet like honey ambers, too. The listener experiences the same catharsis that Drury unveils in “Second Chances”. That, my friends, is how it’s done by real artists.
by Brent Musgrave