Sneak Out The Back Door - Ron Sexsmith

from the album Forever Endeavour (2013)

"In a world of workaday singer-songwriters mired in vacuous self-regard, news of a Ron Sexsmith record can only gladden the heart of those who care about deftly poetic, gently affecting songs that perfectly distill the pitfalls of being human."  -  taken from www.ronsexsmith.com

I agree.  Forever Endeavour, the latest album by this Canadian singer-songwriter, is filled with quiet songs that each touch a different part of the human spirit.  Of the songs on this record, I particularly enjoy Sneak Out The Back Door.  It is a simple tune about remaining unassuming in a world of embroidered hyperbole.  I dig that.

The song consists of acoustic guitar and vocals.  Nothing else.  This gives the listener a chance to absorb the key components of any great song:  the songwriting, the vocal, and the instrumental performance.  The song begins with a nicely finger-picked introduction followed by the first verse:

Well I've never been good at goodbyes
I'm gonna sneak out the back door
Nobody can say that I didn't try
I'm gonna sneak out the back door
Let it ride, let the whole thing slide
Drift far from the shore
Don't want to be missed, didn't even exist
I'm gonna sneak out the back door

All three elements are simply beautiful.  As I listen, I am reminded of great songwriters of the 1970's who added a complexity to their lyrics that gave more substantive meaning to their music.  The vocals are pure and beautifully sung.  At times, I am pleasantly reminded of Paul McCartney and Ray Davies as I listen to the vocals.  The guitar playing is the perfect compliment for the thoughtful songwriting and vocals.

Lastly, it is important to note the quality of the production by Mitchell Froom.  I first became an admirer of his work when he produced The Del Fuegos back in the mid-1980s.  From there he make his mark as producer for Crowded House before sitting at the console for great recordings by Richard Thompson, Los Lobos, Pearl Jam, and Sheryl Crow.  He is a master of his craft.

As a side note, I really dig Mitchell Froom's work as a recording artist.  His album Dopamine is a personal favorite, with the song The Bunny a mainstay on some of my favorite playlists.  Once upon a time, I was a big fan of his Hammond Organ playing on Elvis Costello's King Of America.

Click Here to listen to the album version.

Click Here to watch a live performance in the studios of WFUV, Fordham University's radio station in New York.

Comments

  1. You had me at The Del Fuegos and Crowded House.

    In fact I am still in possession all these years later of a cassette tape of Del Fuegos made for me by some guy before I drove off to SF. And no, I'm not a hoarder, to still have something from forever ago..it was just too special to part with.

    Really like this guy though. Good song.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Nothing like The Del Fuegos. I still have the vinyl of both their records. It still sounds great.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This is truly a touching song. I listened to it and then was pulled into a secondary selection of Ron with Elvis Costello singing "I write the book." Acoustic, apropos, awesome! The beauty of art like this is that it not only provides a link to an entertaining moment, but that it leads to that all inspiring pursuit of happiness.

    ReplyDelete
  4. All you see is the ground, and there’s nowhere to go but down

    This is my interpretation of “Nowhere To Go” https://sites.google.com/site/videoronsexsmithnowheretogo/

    ReplyDelete
  5. Hi Frans, I really dig your take on Nowhere To Go. Isn't that a great song? I also checked out your albums available on iTunes. Nice!!!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment