You may want to grab some tissues before you press play on the video above.
It is hard to explain the excitement that follows learning of new material from Aaron West And The Roaring Twenties. The closest comparison I can think to make is to the way we often feel before a good cry. On the one hand, no one likes to cry, but at the same time the release of emotions a good cry can provide is a relief unlike any other. Such is the case with “Orchard Park,” a new song destined to have us all caught in our feels.
Made available for streaming this week following an early October release, “Orchard Park” finds Aaron West And The Roaring Twenties detailing a trip to scatter the ashes of someone’s deceased father. Throughout the track there are references to a somber ride made with the person’s now widowed mother, as well as memories of the now gone father and the life he lead. It’s a powerful song that accurately describes the struggle to let go, and you can stream it in full at the top of this post.
As with anything Dan “Soupy” Campbell gives us, the lyrics to “Orchard Park” are the type you immediately commit to memory. Read them below:
Up at dawn and on the highway. Mom asleep against the window. The light is breaking through. I hum a song to keep me company. I swear to god that I heard you hum the same tune. If you wanted to, I think you could have been a singer. I got it from you. Switched on the radio at Dansville. I combed the static signal looking for the news and found the frequency for sports talk, all the callers lining up to sing to blues. I heard this Sammy kid is supposed to be something special, I hope he is. I spread your ashes at Orchard Park in the creek beyond the east wall so I’ll know where you are come November when I’m screaming at my TV in the dark. You’re screaming with me from Orchard Park. Mom and I laugh on the way home. She says she’s got a black thumb; all the house plants met their doom, but she still tends to your tomatoes. Says the garden’s looking healthy. She’s already seeing blooms. I don’t got much to lose, but I keep close to my chest the things I still do.