There are certain things in my life for which I can only thank my father. I have his thirst for knowledge, his distrust of authority, his emotional sensitivity, his devotion to his family, his individualism and, most pertinent to this article, his love of music. I’d be lying if I said that any of these traits were as finely honed as they are with my father, but I have them nonetheless. It is my father’s love of music that has inspired me the most.
As a boy, my father would talk to me a lot about music and its emotional gravity. Music is a sentimental entity – an emotional gift, wrapped neatly with waveforms. Many gifts were given to me by father. “You Did Cut Me,” by China Crisis is one of them.
This song features a guitar performance that reminds me yet again that guitarists don’t have to be flashy to be effective. Tight playing and well-formed melody lines stand out here.
I’m lucky to have been exposed to China Crisis. Most of you probably have never heard of them. Being from the U.K., they never had great popularity here in the states. In fact, certain China Crisis CDs are hard to find in the U.S. Consequently, there aren’t many people in America who would have received this gift from his father. That is one of the many reasons why it is special to be my father’s son. For that I’m endlessly thankful.
In a way, you the reader should thank him too. This “Track of the Week,” and all of the others, is born out of the same giving spirit that my father shared with me. Consider this song a family heirloom.
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