Y. Dan Rubinstein: Bay Area singer-songwriter's politically charged new single "Don't Break What You Cannot Fix" resounds with jazz, Latin, and folk notes

Y. Dan Rubinstein

Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, singer-songwriter Y. Dan Rubinstein is known for crafting music that explores the themes of love, relationships in this modern age, social issues, and the realm of possibilities.

With his latest single, “Don’t Break What You Cannot Fix,” Rubinstein is evoking a jazzy layered sound with fore-notes of Latin rhythms with traditional folk rock arrangements.

“Don’t Break What You Cannot Fix” will be the first single to come off of his Rubinstein’s debut album, Stolen Moments, to be released this summer.

On the single, a jazzy folk vibe is elicited with tantalizing Latin rhythms.  The track has a happening acoustic vibe that also pervades with a fiery feel.  The song hinges upon dual point of views as two lovers duel out their different perspectives.  The track is filled with passion and emotion as sultry sounds on the guitar and drumming backbeat ignites a passionate and expressive display of emotion.

The song is a metaphor for our political times.  This is a stirring single with conscientious lyrics of our social and political forefront.

About the themes running in the single, Y. Dan Rubinstein says:  “There is an old saying that ‘Ten wise men cannot fix what one fool breaks’ and it struck me how in these times, important decisions are being made that will have long term repercussions and that will be very hard to repair and undo.

It seems like there is a constant stream of examples where actions are being taken before they are fully thought through to try and address issues and instead of fixing them, making them much worse.  E.g. separating families at the border without keeping track of the kids properly; wrapping the US side of existing border wall with concertina wire transforming US border towns into prison-like settings; bailing out of carbon emission treaties instead of setting an example through our leadership; trying to overturn the Affordable Care Act; reducing taxes on the wealthy etc…

The irony is that the people who are going to be the most negatively affected by these policies are precisely the ones who voted for this administration.

The lyrics were intentionally written to be interpreted between two lovers, one who is a narcissist bent on destruction.  The other is attracted to the display of strength but ultimately when you break what you cannot fix, everyone suffers.”

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My Nguyen

My Nguyen is an album reviewer from San Diego, CA. She regularly contributes to TheCelebrityCafe.com. Her work has appeared in the following journals: Quietpoly, Community Voices, Espresso 1, The Whistling Fire, The Pedestal Magazine, The Straylight Magazine, Baby Lawn Literature, and Conceit Magazine.

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