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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I can’t even begin to express my gratitude for the family I’ve been blessed with! Through the grace of God I’ve been lucky enough to have been surrounded with the love of my wife, and the three incredible children that just fill my heart with both pride and joy! No matter what I accomplish in my short stay here on earth pales in comparison to the wonderful, boundless happiness that is bestowed to me by my family! Earle, I must admit that this track of the week has a special meaning to me, because it floods me with memories of a time when all my children were home with your Mom and I. Thinking back on those times, I can’t help but realize that when you are in the midst of the day to day process of raising a family, you often forget that all too soon, your children will strike out on their own and blaze their own trails. Through you I’ve been able to experience my love of music at another level. You’ve accomplished the feat of becoming a musician, and teacher at the same time! If I’ve had any influence on you in your love of music, or somehow played some small role in you becoming the person you’ve become, I’m forever grateful. You, Ed, Jaime, and your Mom are the gifts that have been bestowed on me, and the very reason, that I’m the luckiest man alive! Music, like the “Track of the Week” is able to transport me back, and let me reflect on what a truly great journey my life has been! You thanked me in your blog, now let me thank you for the incredible memories! Love ALWAYS………