Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there, including my own father, and what better song can be chosen to honor dads then “Father and Son,” by Cat Stevens (Yusaf Islam). “Father and Son,” is off of his 1970 release Tea for Tillerman and it played a large role in establishing Cat Stevens as a recognizable voice in the music of the time. In the song Stevens sings of a conversation between a father and a son, where the son is attempting to branch off and shape a new life and the father does not understand why the child would want to do this. Stevens uses a crafty vocal and sings in a deeper register for the father and a higher, more emotional, voice for the son portion. This interesting dynamic adds an exciting element to the great song. So, on this father’s day, take a listen to this song and enjoy the day.
Check it Out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlGLuRlhW3c
I apologize for the tardiness of this post and for all those keeping track this post should technically have been posted yesterday. Yesterday though was quite a busy day filled with working hard for the money (I did not prostitute myself so do not worry). So, in honor of the busy day due to working hard let us talk some hard work with the great folk pioneer Woody Guthrie. Guthrie did have it a wee bit harder. At fourteen he was left with his siblings in Oklahoma as his father worked to re-pay real estate debts in Texas and his mother sat dying of Huntington’s disease in an Oklahoma Hospital for the insane. Guthrie worked numerous odd jobs around his town until he realized his musical ability and began playing songs for coins or sandwiches. If anyone knows how to talk hard work it is Mr. Woody Guthrie. Enjoy the lyrics below:
While we are on the subject of hard work, I just wanted to tell you that I am a man who likes hard work.
I was born working and I worked my way up by hard work.
I aint ever got no where, but I got there byhard work.
Work of the hardest kind.
I been down and I been out
I been disgusted I been busted and I couldnt be trusted.
I worked my way up and I worked my way down
Yeah, yeah I know now a days that these so called Emo bands get a bad rep for being “pussys” with whiny lyrics and no real talent. But people that say that have not actually given it a chance and are probably lying, and that is apparent by such songs as this. The Spill Canvas can really not be seen as anything but Emo. Their songs are pretty emotional but unlike other Emo bands these songs seem to have the emotional backing of the lead singer to make them legitimate especially since he was the sole performer on this entire debut album “Sunsets and Car Crashes”. They are even reminiscent of old songs from Nirvana where you could tell Kurt Cobain was going through the pain and angst he was singing about. Yes, it’s a bit of a cliche; a boy heartbroken over a girl and crying about it, but the lyrics are pretty intense and they are put to a great tune that creates a great 5 minutes and 8 seconds of song. The song starts off as an acoustic with a little drum beat at the end and continues in that way with a little band play throughout until the end when the lead singer belts out the chorus to a great jam in the background ending with the title of the song uttered for what I consider to be one of the best uses of a song name in the song, having to wait until the last moment to hear it.
Sunsets and Car Crashes – Album
The Spill Canvas