A billion miles left to go, sings Ed Roman in the new rock cut “Tomorrow Is Today”. While that sounds like a line from a Robert Frost selection, Roman’s doing very little to romanticize the idea that our time on this planet is limited, so you better rock it while you can. The wet bass guitar riffs, the synthesizer music and Roman’s pub-like voice make easily masks this song as something you would hear at a rock club versus a cabaret. He’s a star, no doubt, but Roman’s to-the-point track is a beacon of hope and not-so-subtle reminder that tomorrow might not make it ‘round the bend like you assumed it would.
Roman sings like he knows his listeners are hanging onto each lyric. The listener is almost able to reach out and touch the grin on his face; I also pictured him singing with a cigarette dangling from one side of his mouth, the same way Keith Richards plays on stage. He just has that troubadour image going for him based on this song alone. Roman, who hails from Canada, has this worn outer shell to his voice, but at his core, I think he’s compassionate. He’s endearing. The lines he whistled and smiled and said I’m off to Switzerland and France, had me smiling. He’s off the cuff sounding, but wrangles it all together in the sing along chorus yesterday’s gone, tomorrow is today.
Running so awesomely amuck under his vocals is a blistering, funky bass guitar. It’s like wildfire pressed against the percussion and this sixties-like dazzling synth. I felt the presence of those long nights on the road, the humming of the tour bus against the long, long road between gigs. He gives a glimpse of his mad scientist artistry ever-so-slightly. I think this song is a glimpse of a songwriter trying to make sense of it all. Roman’s electric guitar, just as fierce as the bass guitar, elevates the emotional connection. One might walk away with this sense of Romana versus the world with the guitar playing, but I think it’s more about him arriving at a point in his life that stronghold of the guitar does his bidding.
Tom Wait and David Gray fanatics should listen to Roman’s “Tomorrow Is Today”. I really think they will enjoy it. I gravitate towards artists like Roman not because the synthesizer typically seduces me (which is very true), but because he’s view is a bit askew. He’s not polished, he’s not this fancy, suited Michael Bublé type that is singing about making today count. Roman is the man of the people, the singer that could just as easily be singing at the corner bar or Red Rocks Amphitheater. I’d rather sit and have a beer listening to “Tomorrow Is Today” than spend my money on a fabricated, computer-generated, vanilla-sounding song. Roman, whose “Tough Cookie” from 2016’s Red Omen is a personal favorite, keeps rock alive, he adds miles to his musical journey in the wonderful “Tomorrow Is today”.