Topic: FAMILY BLOOD - a sad country song
In the "Poems" section, Peatle posted a poem inspired by the Andy Capp cartoon and town drunks. Yesterday I made a "scratch" recording of one of my older songs about a father who drinks to the detriment of his family, and downloaded it on soundcloud today.
My wife had bought me a double CD set of classic bluegrass and country songs from the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution. I had never written a song in that "old country music" style, and wanted to give it a try. It was the Christmas season and John Denver's "Please Daddy Don't Get Drunk This Christmas" was playing on the radio, planting the seed for a song idea.
Just like Phill, who writes "break-up" songs even though his own marriage is rock solid, my father didn't drink and always took me hunting and fishing so I tried to imagine what it would be like for a child who's father is a drunk, and wrote the song from his viewpoint.