Children Of The Crossfire

Posted by on Apr 6, 2014 in Songwriter's Notes | No Comments

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I didn’t exactly enjoy a blissful halcyon childhood. My parents’ marriage was not loving and romantic, and my father would surely have qualified as abusive. My wonderful mother was my protector and salvation, but I nonetheless endured my share of arguments and fights between the two of them – and I remember even today the heartsick cold hard lump in my gut when mom and dad were at each others’ throats. I don’t know which was worse – the angry outbursts or the ensuing shroud of “silent treatment” that descended upon our home for a week or so afterwards.

That kind of childhood is a little hard to simply shuck off and forget. Sometimes a guy needs a catharsis – even years later. Children Of The Crossfire is my catharsis. It’s not a cheery toe-tapper, but it’s honest. If your childhood was a little on the rocky side, or if you were a child of divorce, perhaps you’ll understand.

From a songwriting perspective, the entire song is written as a metaphor. It’s written in a simple verse/chorus structure without a bridge. Lyrically, the thing I quite like about the song is its visual imagery – especially in the second verse. I tried to paint some mind pictures in that verse. You’ll have to decide yourself if I succeeded.

Another feature of the song is what I consider to be a pretty effective “set-up” line. In songwriting, the set-up line is the last line of the first verse that “sets up” and introduces the chorus. It should have a fair bit of impact to the listener.

From a production standpoint, the martial drumbeat of the introduction was my wife’s idea. She’s a great collaborator!

The artist is Dave Brooks. Dave isn’t a famous country star – but I’ve never known or worked with a better singer. He has wondrous vocal range, perfect pitch, and is a master at song interpretation and phrasing. He is truly a professional and a supreme talent! He currently lives in the Nashville area and teaches private vocal performance.

Finally, I love Steve Allred’s weeping steel guitar!

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