“A basic premise of all art is to share. Zane Kuchera strongly achieves this with “Patterns”. The more I listened the more I felt like I was taking part in a personal invitation to experience what is Zane Kuchera. The experience is first of all extremely pleasant. Kuchera’s music takes you to many places and diverse viewpoints. I frequently found myself associating what I was hearing on “Patterns” with the character of Pippin from the musical of the same name. Possibly because Zane’s vocal talent would lend itself very well to the roll. However, I think it is more probable that Kuchera’s thought provoking lyrics and topics are easily linked to Pippin’s search for understanding from within himself. Like the musical, the CD “Patterns” had me on more than one occasion taking a look at my own experiences.
Zane’s lyrics are not overstated nor exaggerated, they are genuine and honest in their statements. Covering a range of experiences and emotions with which most will have strong associations. Delivered in such a manner as to showcase the lyrics and vocal talent of Kuchera. On his website it is easily known that these lyrics are a strong point to Zane, as he supplies a brief description of each song.
From the opening instrumental of track one, “All My Life”, I was intrigued by Kuchera’s style and lyrics. His clever ability to combine serious subject matter with lively, lingering melody as in “Haven’t Got A Clue” and “Simon Says” further demonstrates his appeal. Overall “Patterns” is of a romantic nature. Not the gushy type, but more in a classic sense in dealing with the true romance of life and its opportunities. In “Cathedrals” a change in direction to addressing a religious theme, Kuchera shares an interesting view based on the sheep in wolves clothing theme. The romance Zane examines in his art deals with that of love, doubt, hope, and happiness. While the subjects are universal in understanding, they are not presented from the usual point of view. This brings a fresh honesty to the power of Kuchera’s lyrics. Everything, and I do mean everything about “Patterns” is Zane Kuchera, and you couldn’t ask for more.
On his website, Zane has added two new songs. A heart wrenching ballad about domestic violence with a happy ending called “Childhood In A Storm”. The other is Jon Gilbert Leavitt’s “ballad for the new millennium”, “Believe”. The combination of Leavitt and Kuchera is as would be expected pure quality! A definite to added for your surfing pleasure. As for your listening pleasure be sure to add “Patterns” to your collection. For more information about Zane his music and how to get your copy of “Patterns” visit his website.” – Codi (StoneWall Society)