In England, this man must be one of the most underated of musicians ever...
This ablum is an opportunity for us listeners to remedy this.
Harry Chapin wrote about life and lives, his own and how poverty, hunger and politics effected people around the world as well as in his own country of America. This album contains his thoughts, beliefs as well as his own life-journey,and we are able to take it with him.
Yes, it includes his hits W.O.L.D. and Cat's in the Cradle (written as a poem by his wife and tells of the relationship between her and her own father), but also contains other autobiographical tales ('I wanna learn a love song' was written about his own meeting with his wife, Sandy, 9yrs his senior, when he was employed to teach her to play guitar). There is humour (his Banana song) and great sadness. I will let you discover that one yourself!
This man is reputed to have given over 1/3 of his money away to Humanitatian causes such as eradicating hunger in America as well as the world long before it was fashionable to do so. "Harry was supporting 17 relatives, 14 associations, seven foundations and 82 charities. Harry wasn't interested in saving money. He always said, 'Money is for people,' so he gave it away." according to family members.
His death from a car accident/heart attack (no one could establish which happened 1st) at the age of 39 was a tragic loss for the industry and has left us, the listeners, the poorer for it.