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David and Clare Rozzell – social song review

Folk songs are often social. Folk songs are often raw. In form and delivery, their point is to get across the story. Nothing else is more important.

A Chance Meeting

Social networks, on the other hand, have gone through a lot of upheaval, especially in the last few years. Still, they have been a source of awesome friendships to people who have rocked my world. I’ve done live music tours of countries I never could have afforded to visit because of people I met on social media.

Several years ago, I was managing social media for a bluegrass promoter. I was searching all the social networks for connections. One of the fortunate friendships that came out of that was David Rozzell, aka @BluegrassHippie.

A Social Message

The cover art for the song "Museum Of The Missing" by David and Clare Rozzell.

Besides his social message and strong advocacy of those who need a voice, David always had a song for the occasion. Along with his spouse, Clare, they “made beautiful music together”.

David always came across to me as a good-hearted person with a fine wit and a sure voice. In addition to his recordings with Wood, Wire, and Words, the Folkgrass Lockdown Sessions were particularly entertaining and inspiring.

Ask Me To Write A Song

Now, Clare and David are playing and recording as a duo. First up, they are delivering a commissioned song for a podcast, Museum Of The Missing. Knowing these two, they pondered what was needed to share the story. I’m imagining that David held the tender personal and social message of the podcast in his heart as he wrote this song. And then, Clare and he delivered it.

The lead part — sung by David — covers a wide vocal range, demanding that he drop to pitches that seem to hover near his lowest notes. On each chorus, Clare joins on harmony vocals. The acoustic guitar and upright bass undergird their singing in a rhythmic yet almost understated way.

David’s song is a verse-chorus folksong. There is no alternate section like a bridge or a “middle section” to distract us from the story. Each verse is followed by the relentless chorus:

There's something very strange, 
about memories wiped away, 
about time that's gone astray, 
it's the horror of the age, 
a museum for lost souls.

The Song Fits The Story

And truly, this repetition is the foundation of this song and of folk songs in general. Nothing to pull us away from the core story. Stripped of any distractions, the duo plays and sings into our very hearts and souls.

Let the story be told.

But may we who hear this story never be social misfits who find our way to this particular museum.

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