Tom Butler - Dad's Song
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I discovered the music of Tom Butler via his collaborations with fellow singer Harriet but it's his own tunes and interpretations of other people's songs that gets me coming back time after time (great Cyndi Lauper song that he should cover). A lot of it is to do with the organic, earnest and honest nature of the music that Tom composes, drawing from his own personal experiences then conveying them in such a way that makes you feel as if they were written personally for you. His latest venture is Dad's Song which was produced for One Shot Sessions. It's a beautifully crafted coming of age story about how your parents work so hard to shape you to become the best you that you can possibly be - even if you don't appreciate it at the time. "You always tried to teach me to work/all I remember was being a jerk" sings Tom with such anguished sorrow in his tones that the emotions are clearly palpable, making this a resonant tale that we should all pay attention to. It's just Tom and his guitar yet it never feels that way - even when the wind blows in the outdoor setting at 2m30s it feels like the whole world has hushed for Tom to weave the mesmerising melody of this captivating narrative. It's a song of love, regret, redemption and gratitude - themes that have provided great literary and music moments for many years. It's also about how music can evoke painful memories yet soothe the pain by reminding us of those who steered us through the bad times and back into smoother waters. Sally forth with keeping an eye on Tom Butler because his songs are systemically rewarding and gratifying; songs that you will keep coming back to for many years to come. Lovely.