Divorce is the nuclear war in relationships. It affects everyone. The fallout is grim, and long lasting. That said – Try writing a song about it. Some of the most beautiful, and some of the most truly gut-wrenching, songs in modern music come from this very hard subject.
Case in point – Natalie Roth’s Daddy. This is a truly epic, Emo, you name it, excursion in to a whole environment. Natalie Roth is a multimedia artist with some major credentials as an actor and a definite talent for visual as well as musical presentation. She worked with Israeli legend Avi Toledano on this song, and the result is truly fabulous, if confronting in so many ways.
It’s no minor achievement for an Indie music artist to hit this level of professional quality, but Roth, with her background, sails through it perfectly. Not a cliché in sight, just a great song with a very well-produced, well thought out video which will hit most viewers right between the eyes.
This is a story-telling song, trying to get through the message from her father about how it all came to be, and reinforcing the strong bonds in the father/ daughter relationship. As a study in songwriting, this is on a whole different plane to the old-style approach. It’s very emotional, it is actually quite draining to watch, in some ways, and it is extraordinarily effective as an individual piece of music.
It’s not often that modern music really tries to manage or even refer to these real life asteroid strikes. It may be that modern song writers, confronted with a particularly vacuous culture, don’t feel that they can actually write about things like this. More’s the pity, because it means a lot of good musical expression and songwriting doesn’t get a chance to be heard.
If you’re looking for a virtual How To manual of songwriting at a very high level on a very tough subject, visit her website here at http://natalieroth.net/. In particular, pay close attention to the character betrayal and the musical motifs. Expect to be stunned.