Song of the Day, January 22: Responsible by Freedy Johnston
January 22, 2016 Leave a comment
Today’s song is a tale of generations repeating each other’s misadventures. Folk-pop singer songwriter Freedy Johnston crafted a powerful song cycle for his second album, Can You Fly. Several of the songs are finely honed vignettes, telling the stories of everyday people coping with life’s complications.
The protagonist of Responsible fled his family to spend time in New York City when his daughter was little. Now she’s a teenager and has headed to the Big Apple on her own. The singer explores the reasons for his actions and ponders hers. Struggling with where he owns the situation, he ironically tries to imbue her with independence declaring “I know I’m not responsible.” It’s a marvelously built song, delivered with quiet grace and passion.
Enjoy this fine story today.