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Bodhisattva / Press

“As I’m sitting here writing my second sunny summer magic pool-side CD review, I’m wondering if a singer/songwriter's style and compositions are any indication of their record collections. If true, then Rob Wcislo obviously has a special section of vinyls for the likes of Robert Plant (think "Going to California...), Joe Walsh...with just a twist of Perry Ferrell... An eclectic combination of the then and now, Rob brings it all together in his 2011 CD titled "Bodhisattva: Down On The Dream." The name sake of the Buddhist enlightened one, this CD encapsulates the highlights of the past fifty years of our greatest musical influences... Opening with "It Can't Get Any Better," Rob slams home a classic R&B tune about what the enlightened one finds upon reaching the pinnacle of the mountain top. He then slides down into the light, island-reggae beat of "You're So Beautiful," a declaration of a true Bodhisattva's capacity to find the light in everyone. But track three...”

“Believing in Bodhisattva: First BeLeVe Fest, now a showcase hosted by the Grammys. Is there anything local musician Bodhisattva can't win? "The ultimate role of the bodhisattva [the Buddhist equivalent of a saint] is to lead humankind to enlightenment, and try to guide his brothers and sisters and children toward happiness and balance," Rob Wcislo, frontman of the local award-winning foursome Bodhisattva, writes in explanation of his groups unusual moniker. "Isn't that what all of our rock and role heroes are about?" He's got a point. And there's no question that Bodhisattva's music, much like the group's name, has a spiritual leitmotif. The foursome's searing guitar work is wrapped around lyrics such as those from their latest local hit, Deep in the Belly: "Lord, it's been way too long since I could say/Lord, I've been satisfied today." ”

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