5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Passing the torch to another generation,
This review is from: Foreverly (Audio CD)
I bought the Everly Brothers album, 'Songs our Daddy Taught Us' over 50 years ago.
It was never an immediate favourite as I'd been expecting something a bit more like their previous rock & roll album.
But the album has grown with me & it's now one of my favourite albums of theirs.
Billie Joe & Norah have done a superb job in updating these timeless songs.
The original album was always a bit one paced & they have upped the tempo on a few of the songs to overcome this.
The use of greater instrumentation has helped too.
The songs themselves will resonate more as the listeners get older & experience at first hand the emotions in the songs.
In particular, 'Rocking Alone in an Old Rocking Chair' & 'Silver Haired Daddy of Mine' will bring the tears to your eyes as loved ones get old & die.
You'll never know if you could have done more to alleviate loneliness in your older family & friends.
We all know unrequited love & 'Oh So Many Years' expresses these feelings as we look back on what might have been.
'Long Time Gone' is a classic cheating song.
'Kentucky' is about longing for home.
Unfortunately some of us will experience the death of a child & 'Put My Little Shoes Away' sums up this from the point of view of the child.
There are ballads here that tell stories, some that I still find to be over-sentimental.
But these are songs that you can return to & find support in the lyrics.
Phil Everly, in one of his last interviews before his untimely death, praised Billie Joe & Norah for what they'd done to introduce not only these songs, but also The Everly Brothers themselves, to a new audience.
Billie Joe himself has said that they are passing on the torch to the next generation, as did the Everlys more than 50 years ago.
This is a wonderful album.
Take the time to listen to these songs & go back to them as you get older. At some point in your life they will break your heart.