In these crazy times, ‘Crazy Days’ by Forest Hill seems apt as a single to best describe what the majority are going through. Everywhere we look in today’s modern media, the subject of crazy is impossible to escape.
Crazy Days, is a single that is so fluently designed and executed that even the most hardnosed of cynics will find it difficult to resist its potent message of peace. The song is driven by its carefully crafted lyrics, but its music is just as hauntingly moving. Forest Hill picks away dexterously at his guitar, dispatching a litany of colorful notes that intertwine with each other like lovers consummating their romance.
The major key swing of the track keeps it from becoming too elegiac in nature, and his own smoky vocals add a pastoral texture to its tonality that isn’t typically found in protest-influenced music. The music confronts us with its earthy construction and begs for us to examine the words closer, something that every pop song attempts to do but most often fail to achieve.
There’s a stark lack of sensitive artists in pop these days, and it’s had a bigger impact on the music industry than some might believe to be possible. When artists pool together and apply themselves explicitly to the commercial element, the emotional opulence that attracts us to their medium disappears without notice. If you love old fashioned music with a present day relevancy to its message, Crazy Days is the song for you.
Crazy Days challenges us to think about what could be instead of what is, and if we all get together and work harder at accepting the differences that make each and every one of us special and unique, it’s message will be realized and our planet will be a lot nicer place to live.