Song of the Day, January 15: Laundry Days by the Watchman
January 15, 2012 Leave a comment
Today’s song is Laundry Days by the Watchman. Dutch folk and blues musician Ad van Meurs famously said about his music, “Folk has balls!” Over the course of 11 albums in 20 years, he has demonstrated a unique and powerful voice to live up to his slogan. Starting with a fundamentally solo album credited to his stage name, Meurs has blended a strong sense of lyric and storytelling with a distinctive voice and a driving sense of rhythm. Whether largely acoustic like his eponymous debut or performing with a band that takes on his name, he regularly offers up wonderful songs that at once capture life in his native Netherlands and transcend location. This song, which I find to be his finest, is clearly one of his favorites as well, appearing on no fewer than three Watchman albums. It works extremely well in the acoustic setting of the first album and is equally powerful with the band from Peaceful Artillery. Enjoy this great Dutch musician and his powerful song today.