Breath Spirit & Life

Don´t You Cry My Baby Girl Review
Jim McCarthy November 2015

breath_spirit_life_reviewBreath, Spirit and Life are a Holy Spiritfilled band with a contemporary Latin, soul and funk feel.

Don´t You Cry My Baby Girl is the new single (and video) and honors woman the world over with a gentle, smooth and almost plaintive feel that encourages our sisters to seek the Hand of Jesus rather than to rely on their own strength for help and healing. To rely on the One who has Power to deal with life’s many seemingly insurmountable problems.

Don’t You Cry My Baby Girl was inspired by Jeremiah: 1.5. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew and approved of you as mine.” And also Jeremiah: 31.3. “I have loved you with an everlasting love and with tender kindness I have drawn you to myself.” As Rich Spremich says of the song, “This is the father’s love that should be seen through men on earth. The next thing to God should be fathers, husbands etc. I did not want the song to sound religious or to be full of quotes from The Bible…but the video shows all girls and women that God has the love power to help them.”

The video of the song also throws a visual nod to the burgeoning and evil trade of sex trafficking.

But first, some history…Richard Spremich was the young and precocious drummer for the original Malo band and arrived in those heady days with the first wave of Latin Rock was vanguarded by Santana. Spremich’s tasty drumming was to some extent buried in the three-pronged percussion section of Malo and not entirely clear as recorded with David Rubinson’s mix. It is great to discover thru the Breath Spirit & life CD release Sword of the Spirit” from 2013 that he is a dynamic, versatile and very capable drummer.

Spremich had started out with the Naked Lunch band, which was originally called ‘Brown Magic’, with Abel Zarate, Bob Olivera, Jose Marrero, and Rick Tiffer. Richard Spremich was added on drums a few weeks into the project. At a mere 18 years old Spremich (Abel Zarate was just 17) with Naked Lunch played on bills and sometimes headlined with and for, Boz Scaggs, Tower of Power etc. As Rich recalls, “Our break out concert was playing before 1500 people in a sold out high school auditorium. I took a drum solo and got a standing ovation. One of the biggest top 40 radio stations picked us and man we were kids but more popular than all the other local bands.” Stardom beckoned with Malo and they released a Billboard Top 20 hit called Suavecito. Things moved fast and Rich got caught up in the fast life and tough times surrounding the music scene in the seventies. A band called Visions followed Malo and after this a strong life-changing encounter with the Risen Jesus alerted Rich he needed to change both his life and his music as a matter of extreme urgency.

Rich Spremich remembers all of this with great clarity, “During this time the Lord spoke to me and said this. I heard Him say it. “I want you to write music that glorifies Jesus. I want you to go into Christian music and break down the barriers of not playing music with a Global Cultural sound aka rhythm instruments. And bring back worshiping on Instruments aka: soloing. Testifying to keep Jesus in the forefront of my music and let the music industry know that He see’s they are taking the name of Jesus out of the music.”

With this command from The Lord in mind Richard formed Breath Spirit & Life and a CD was released titled “Flame On”. The first single Yeshua performed by the world-class 11-piece band, was a commercial intro to the band’s singular sound. This was a solid, soul-filled piece of work with respectful nods to Spremich’s former allegiance to the first Malo band.

The release was a ten-track CD and a special addition to both Believers and Latin lovers music collections.

Don’t You Cry My Baby Girl from Breath Spirit & Life Band is produced by Rich Spremich and co-produced, engineered and mixed by 13 x time Grammy Award Winner Gilbert Velaszquez, whose talented guitar play is featured on this track. The song is also available in a gorgeous Spanish vocal version called No Llores Muchachita.

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