Monday, May 10, 2010

Song of The Day #014

"I Had A Good Father and Mother" by Washington Phillips

Perfect for the day after Mother's Day is this ode to having good parents (even if the parents in this song are dead). One of Phillips's few recordings, "I Had A Good Father and Good Mother" is a nice, old timey gospel song that doesn't preach or overwhelm with Christianity; it only overwhelms with goodness. It's also pretty darn weird, considering the vocals are Phillips's scratchy whine and the instrumentation consists solely of Phillips's primitive zither-like creation (a Dolceola). I especially like when he "ooh"s over the bridges. He sounds happy and full of despair at the same time throughout.

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