Ok, so here’s my new thing for now. Unlike most people, I can’t work with music playing, of any kind, in the background. I must have a film, TV show, basically someone talking in the background to keep me company while I whittle away at my job. It’s just a job to help fund my passion for creative writing.
Growing up, I loved music. It filled me with such emotion, passion, and inspiration. For more than a decade, I broadcasted music on the air. I was a disc jockey, a DJ, an on-air personality. For long after, up until this past month, I have not been that passionate about music unless an artist or song overflows my emotional cup. The small smattering that has happened with: Justin Timberlake, Pink, John Mayer, Kenny Chesney, and a too-long-to-list-here of singles.
I’ve discovered that I want to reignite my passion for music by focusing a blog post every now and then on one song, listening to it at least three times. That’s small enough to start. If you’d like me to write about a song, you must specifically tell me the following: the song, the artist, and why you love the song. Again, you must be specific about it, or I will not consider writing about it.
On my Twitter feed today, @sofarsounds mentioned someone named Marcus Foster. After clicking on the link to his site, I then clicked the first video I saw there. Why not? Why not explore new territory and someone I’ve never heard of before. Now, when I say I haven’t been listening to music that much or keeping up with it at all, I mean it. So, to Marcus Foster and his fans, my advance apologies if you are a famous artist, but I do not know you nor have I heard your music until about 10 minutes ago.
I listened to Old Birch Tree (before the Winter Fires) and really quite liked it.
First listen-through, I thought, “Well, it’s ok.” That truly was my thought.
Second listen-through, I thought, “His voice reminds me very slightly of Joe Cocker’s.” If you don’t know who Joe Cocker is, look him up. Warning: he uses his entire body when singing, so close your eyes if that is distracting for you.
Third listen-through, I really like this song. Marcus has a unique sound to his voice, raw and emotional, and that’s a quality I’ve always loved. The song itself, the refrain, is actually a good hook. I had it down by the third “turn on the table.” (going back to the days of vinyl) Although I can’t quite make out all of the words, so I’m unsure what the song is truly about, art is all about interpretation. The song has a quality of longing, of time in the past, about it. I like that. It’s also a little sad sounding, which I also like. Who doesn’t love a song like that?
Overall, the song is a good one, and I recommend to take a listen and see what you think. See him in person if you’re in the States on April 10 when he returns to Dallas, Texas, with Sofar Sounds.