New Jersey Stage Issue 75 - Page 13

There are songs with a certain rhythm - a symbiotic balance between the words and the music that seem timeless . Songs which sound both brand new and as though they ’ ve been a part of you throughout your life . That ’ s how “ Oh Father ” sounded to me the first time I heard it . The song kicks off the debut album by Shane Casey , a singer-songwriter from Sussex County . “ Nostalgic is one of the words I was shooting for when I was writing this album ,” said Casey . “ I wanted to start off strong - start out heavy and powerful and draw people in . ‘ Oh Father ’ itself was a lot of fun to make too . I remember just walking on a beach and the lyrics started hitting me . It just sort of came out of nowhere .” The song is the most autobiographical on Silver Star , which is constructed loosely as a concept album . “ I ’ ve been sitting on that song for so long and finally recorded it ,” he explained . “ At this point , it ’ s been so long since I ’ ve written it and I ’ ve come to terms with a lot of the feelings that I was going through at the time . I ’ ve definitely changed as a person . There was a point where it was very emotional - maybe a little hard to sing - but now it ’ s more therapeutic and just a nice song to me .”

“ Oh father , where did you go , you left me alone , you left me outside with the wolves and I struggled to follow your ghost , I walked up the coast , watched all the lights from the city ”

-- “ Oh Father ”

There are songs with a certain rhythm - a symbiotic balance between the words and the music that seem timeless . Songs which sound both brand new and as though they ’ ve been a part of you throughout your life . That ’ s how “ Oh Father ” sounded to me the first time I heard it . The song kicks off the debut album by Shane Casey , a singer-songwriter from Sussex County . “ Nostalgic is one of the words I was shooting for when I was writing this album ,” said Casey . “ I wanted to start off strong - start out heavy and powerful and draw people in . ‘ Oh Father ’ itself was a lot of fun to make too . I remember just walking on a beach and the lyrics started hitting me . It just sort of came out of nowhere .” The song is the most autobiographical on Silver Star , which is constructed loosely as a concept album . “ I ’ ve been sitting on that song for so long and finally recorded it ,” he explained . “ At this point , it ’ s been so long since I ’ ve written it and I ’ ve come to terms with a lot of the feelings that I was going through at the time . I ’ ve definitely changed as a person . There was a point where it was very emotional - maybe a little hard to sing - but now it ’ s more therapeutic and just a nice song to me .”

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