Songwriter’s Insight 21
Topical songs are part of my roots in the 1960’s: Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and many more inspired me. This song about lopsided injustice is a perfect example and my model was Bob Dylan’s from :
Hidden contaminated land and unfortunate home buyers. You may be too young to remember the infamous “Love Canal” polluted land debacle (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Canal ) but it and similar stories inspired my song “Livin’ on a Landfill”. Here in New Jersey there are many stories of contaminated land some known some rumored. I do know some were identified as :Superfund Clean up Sites. (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Superfund_sites ). This song is about an undisclosed contaminated fictional housing development.
It is beyond Memorial Day weekend and droves of people will be coming down to the Jersey Shore to sunbath, swim, use their boats, go fishing and go crabbing among other shore activities. Years ago my family would gather once or twice during the summer and travel in a small caravan to Barnegat Bay in New Jersey for a day of crabbing for Blue Claw Crabs this song is the story.
Woody Guthrie inspired songwriters with This is Your Land I being one this song is similar in many ways yet the lyrics reflect my times and my perspective:
First you are bombarded with advertisements stating some medical technology is fabulous; then sometime later a lawyer advertises that you can sue if you used it! Take your chance with the alleged medical breakthroughs. I know there are many wondrous medical advances but, not all work out for all people. My advice? Research, get opinions and be sure it is the best choice for you.
Yes the early Sixties social conscious songs, protests, civil rights and questions about war and wars. This song echos that time though I wrote it more recently when stories about missing children and crimes against children were prominently in news casts.
another place to listen to this song: https://soundcloud.com/james-halifko/unfound-children