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Parable Of The Prodigal Son

January 4, 2013 11:45 AM

From a new album of songs adapted from an old Baptist hymnal written by my great-great grandfather, who was deacon of a church in Weatherford, Texas many years ago.

posted by swift (6 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I liked the slightly self-conscious throat clearing and the false start at the beginning - that was charming. You know, this is kind of drifting - dare I say it - into the territory that Dylan has been charting of late. Semi-mystical, 18th/19th century God-fearing frontier Americana. I won't say any more than that for fear of sacrilege, but...... a potentially rich vein for you. Nicely recorded too btw.
posted by MajorDundee at 3:18 PM on January 4, 2013


Wow, this is really really cool.
posted by Doleful Creature at 4:28 PM on January 4, 2013


This is lovely. The big, chunky acoustic guitar really sets the tone for this. I especially like that this is real Americana -- actual history, given a new context. Good matching of content, sound, and melody.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 3:53 PM on January 5, 2013


You know, I started listening and wasn't that into it at first*, and then as it went on I was really drawn in and ended up really liking it, so - well done. And I also really dig the unearthed family history aspect of it.

The artwork/cover on bandcamp looks good too.

*I just haven't been in the mood to listen to much guitar singer/songwriter stuff recently.
posted by dubold at 5:51 AM on January 7, 2013


Hey, thanks for listening.

Besides the family history aspect, for me there's something personally relevant about the father and son in this song.

My own father left town when I was quite young, and I've only met him a couple of times since. His father gave me the hymnal, written by his father's grandfather.

So this is kind of a catharsis on that level.
posted by swift at 10:08 AM on January 7, 2013


This is really great! It caught my attention because Weatherford is my home town. Glad I stopped to listen.
posted by Pater Aletheias at 8:35 AM on January 27, 2013


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