Songs for Thought
Y. Dan Rubinstein
Meaningful Lyrics. Memorable Melodies. Inspiring Connection And Change.
SF Bay Area singer-songwriter Y. Dan Rubinstein gives voice to the complexities of love and romance in the modern age and socially important issues.
Poetic, descriptive, and inspired by the meaningful lyrics of artists such as Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, and Bob Dylan, Rubinstein’s music fuses folk, jazz and rock. He has performed on televised competitions at West Coast Songwriters, and at Song School’s opening night at the Rocky Mountain Folk Festival.
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Praise & Reviews
“…beautifully played guitar, gorgeously produced with warmth and honesty… inspired. Clever lyrics and thoughtful themes… Poetic, focused and moving.“
Raised by Cassettes
“Musically, I am just such a huge fan of this song […] insightful in the lyrics as it is unique in its sound.”
Nashville Music Guide
“a cool mix of intricate and spicy jazz with a splash of Latin rhythm progressions and some nice arrangements of traditional folk rock. The mood is charged with connotations of political thoughts and concerns about what our future world will face as well as thoughts of dysfunctional relationships and how they affect us.”
For Folk’s Sake
“…a mighty, encompassing tune; an important inclusion to the 2019 folk music library.”
“… traditional folk rock with a mix of complex jazz leads and Latin rhythm, perfect for the lyrics with a political overtone”
Crepes being prepared on a busy urban street corner. The exchange of smiles and steps on the dancefloor. Noir-inspired shadows that allude to a fleeting romance, the sort of which tends to linger with us long after kisses and cognac come to an end. …”Farewell, Farewell Adieu” is a bold amalgamation of genres and expressive textures”
“… unfiltered vulnerability, there isn’t even a hint of hesitation in his execution. Rubinstein is connecting with his medium in this single, capturing the very essence of love without having to rely on mundane metaphors and pop platitudes”
Johnny Taylor Jr.
Now Hear This
“Rubinstein has a lovely voice and musically this is just fine. Lyrically is where he does the most work though… melodic and likable, what’s underneath the surface … will stay with you… Strong cafe rock … in the vein of a modern-day Woody Guthrie.”
“… blunt poeticism that exchanges enigmatic verses for relatable, homespun lyrics that appeal to the hopeless romantic in all of us…Haunting, bittersweet and deeply moving… charming and utterly heartfelt”