Today’s song had the ultimate challenge of out singing/playing a very vocal Blackbird that I heard whilst out earlier, he was singing his little heart out and it was music to my ears! I stood under the tree he was perched in and watched him for a good 15 minutes or so and did consider recording him for tonight’s song but he wasn’t up for it!
Instead I have found something that resonates on an equally organic tuneful wavelength, it is a song that caught my attention in a few seconds and has been or repeat for the last 20 minutes. Written and performed by former Woods bassist and the Babies co-founder Kevin Morby, it is also a song that explores the darker realms of our society, tackling issues that impact us all.
Titled ‘I have Been to the Mountain,’ this song is written directly about the death of Eric Garner. Like so many others Morby was hit hard by his death and the following judicial injustice and has described in a press release how the song is “dedicated to and inspired by” Garner’s death. Angered by the thoughtless killings and the senseless loss of lives, Morby remembers Garner as “That man lived in this town/ ‘Til that pig took him down’ and asks us to ‘destroy the destroyer.’ But this song also sings out to all the others who have lost their lives in senseless killings such as these.
From what I have read about Morby’s new album ‘Singing Saw,’ the beauty is in the simplicity, for it has been ”written simply and realised orchestrally” as I read on Rough Trade’s page. This is evident from this one track, for there is depth and beauty in this music, natural stripped-back beauty..I am certainly looking forward to hearing more.
‘Singing Saw’ is due out on April 5th via new label Dead Oceans.
Pre-order your copy here