Franki Dennull has been using the name PURPOSE as a band and cause, since 1978. Though the players have changed, PURPOSE remains, as PURPOSE FOR LIFE. “We are all called to a purpose, and ours is to make music that, not only pleases the ear, but blesses the soul,” says Franki. When Franki and Wendy Dennull started making music together in 1991, it was a forgone conclusion that their harmonies were a winning combination. Franki Dennull’s song “Butterfly” is the first release for the Shine On Records label.
“Butterfly” not only a great melodious soft rock ‘n roll record, but an opportunity to breathe in the midst of the constant onslaught of pop chart formula records full of cluttered, synthesized production and pretty girls and boys offering their oh so salacious voices for exorbitant sums of money from teenage wallets. “Butterfly” is a dagger in the hearts of the “melody is dead” mantra.
There is plenty of pop production to be found these days, and if Franki Dennull threw his hat into that ring, oh, what a sad statement it would have been! Instead, we get a tantalizingly delicate sound that is bound to capture ‘adult’ listeners with its almost nostalgic remembrance of a time and place where melody was born. That is the place from which “Butterfly” gathered its foundation, and the proof is most definitely in the pudding.
If you want to hear some honest emotions wrapped up in good old fashioned rock and roll, with smooth harmonies, look no further. Tom Petty, George Harrison, Glenn Frey, Steve Miller and Jeff Lynne all come to mind, but the influences and similarities are countless when it comes to good, down to earth, honest music. It has been a real long time since I heard music where I could understand the words, hum to the melody and groove to the music. Everything here is “of the song”, “by the song” and “for the song” and leaves you wanting more – just where you should be!
Franki Dennull reminds me of a time when the emphasis was firstly on the music and then on the artist. Maybe we should be going back to that formula…