Protest music is rarely good music. Some of the great Neil Young's worst work is his protest stuff. John Lennon songs like "Attica State" don't really hold up because the sentiment isn't universal, which is what makes music great. Protest music ends up being dated, even if it does capture a moment. So I try to stay away from such obvious themes.
But this record is a protest record of a kind. These songs came fast during October and November and are really a part of a yearning for calm, clarity, and maybe even taking a step backward to take stock as a people, as humans. I'm not sure if a lot of it is directed at America or merely the American church, but I feel like we got a lot wrong this time around, and hopefully we'll right the ship. We'll see.
My birthday is on New Year's Day, and it never occurred to me until later in life that people making resolutions on my birthday was weird. My birthday actually felt like new birth in some day and it always has. Of course, "new" doesn't always mean "good", but it almost always means that it's time to take stock. This isn't usually a bad thing. The song "New Year's Eve" is about that, and a specific time in my life when things were a lot clearer than they are now. I miss that peace. The song is a protest song, I guess, but it's a personal protest song, forcing me to take a hard look at who I am, and making choices from that assessment.
But most of the rest of it really is meant for a wide audience, and the hope that, before we all get carried away in something that we'll regret later, that we will pause and not go all in. Instead, we'll be cautious and careful, meticulous if need be. Lives are at stake when large groups of people move. How they move and what they move to, matters. In many of the songs there are warnings about that, and a heralding of the kinds of heroes we still need, the kind of integrity I hope we still desire.
I recorded this over a couple of nights on Thanksgiving weekend, 2016. There's also a cover in there somewhere.
released November 29, 2016
Lloyd Evans - All the things
Recorded at the Lazy Nomad, November 2016
All songs © 2016, Lloyd Evans (ASCAP) except "Cry Baby Cry", written by Dr. Winston O'Boogie and Macca, (C) 1968.
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