Is there still room for actual songwriting? asks Barlick James musician
“TOO Many Songs” is the latest single from One Cure For Man, a music project by artist James Parkinson of Barnoldswick.
The song incorporates a piano and soulful vocals with melodic guitars, haunting strings, and a strong narrative about the importance of songwriting as an art form, he says.
“In a world of instant gratification and decline of cherishing records, inhaling the cover art, and memorizing the lyrics, Too Many Songs asks the question, ‘Is there still room for’ songwriting ‘eternal? He said.
“What motivates me as a creator and songwriter has always been a constant search for depth, meaning and truth.
“I have always sought to write beautiful lyrics and express myself through music inspired by many different influences such as cinema, art, poetry, culture and the exploration of the human condition.
“Too Many Songs is not so much about the struggle to write a song with meaning, depth or emotion as it is about the struggle to be heard by the world.
“The songs are becoming more and more one-dimensional and simple, dominated by the novelty of technology and sound. People seem to want easy, catchy songs and have a hard time understanding complex lyrics, topics, or chord sequences. I’m always optimistic that there is an audience, but you can’t help but feel the sense of loss and decline in songwriting as an art form.
James, a music teacher of all ages, says musically that the song meditates on “influences from the ballad David Bowie, the grandeur of Sweden and the epic Manic Street Preachers as well as the melancholy muses, Prefab Sprout, Aztec Camera and Colin. Vearncombe.
Too Many Songs was recorded at James’ home studio, the final version being a partnership with Honeyspider’s Matt Heap.
James performed all vocals and instruments except the drums, which was played by his brother, Ben.
The video, by Jason Marshall, was shot in James’ Victorian home and was inspired by paintings by Edward Hopper, Caravaggio and Rembrandt.
“The Edward Hopper House Museum in New York is planning to show it, which is fantastic news,” he said.
Too Many Songs is available on streaming and digital music platforms, and the video can be viewed on the One Cure For Man YouTube channel.