What’s immediately striking about “My Friend,” singer-songwriter Keith Clanton’s new single, is the lyrical, wanting presence it establishes from the opening lines:
Yesterday has come and gone
but the memories of you still linger on,
every day, every way, even in my dreams…
Listen to the expert phrasing Keith uses between “the” and “memories.” It gives us a hint of the tension and release of the song and its meaning. And he delivers. With playful guitars riding over a strong bass line and solid percussion, Keith’s voice, both confident and yearning, delivers a heartfelt hope for better days and better ways among friends.
“I believe music is the key to my emotions,” Keith says. “I decide what to share and what to keep. It’s a freedom of the mind, anywhere, anytime.” We hear that emotion and that freedom of the mind so clearly expressed in “My Friend.” It’s a powerful, soulful tune that reaches our ears, touches the heart, and creates strong, lasting imagery in the mind.
Keith tells us, “Music is truly my breath…so as long as I’m breathing.” We share that with him. “My Friend” is a song that helps us reflect, helps us gain perspective. Helps us breathe.