Friday

Bubbling under: W.O.L.D. (Harry Chapin)

A fatal car accident in 1981 ended the career of Harry Chapin (image credit), one of America's most talented folk singer/song writers. The American #1 hit Cat's in the cradle will always remain his signature tune, but even better in my opinion is W.O.L.D. from the 1974 album Short Stories. The song depicts the attempts of an ageing DJ to get back with the family he left, only to find out that they are not exactly waiting for him. There is surprisingly little real emotion being evoked though, perhaps because the character Chapin portrays in this song is so unsympathetic. Great melody, great echoing sound effects, and a song that really has aged well.

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