NOVEMBER 30, 2020
American Dream by Drayton Farley is a challenging song super-saturated with truth.
While trolling the lakes of social media, each stocked-up full-to-the-brim of all kinds of fish and foul, you start to see patterns emerge in all the best fishing spots. Some lakes have an abundance of one kind of fish, others are overfished and overrun with political-zebra-mussels. Now don’t get me wrong, you catch some really great fish, and every single one is a trill, but after a while you want more of a challenge; more of something that gives you a bit of fight. See you’ve got your truck-song-trout, your-sad-song-suckers, your-play-me-anything-on-the-radio-perch, your be-like-everyone-who-appears-successful-bass, your worn-out-walleyes, shoot you’ve even got an abundance of latch-on-to-anything-political-song-leeches that always seem to ruin a nice dip in the water, and this list goes on… but… every now and then you’ve got a muskie coming up to grab your line and pull you into the water behind it. See this Muskie, he’s a challenge. He tugs you in one direction where you might not feel like heading, but it’s still intriguing so you continue to hold that line. This muskie puts up a bit of a fight as you try to reel it in, and before you’re done you’ll find yourself letting out a little line here and there so you don’t lose your lure, but if you hang on to the end you pull this master out of the lake, give his little fin a high-five, spend a few moments connecting with this beast, and throw him back-in to keep challenging more avid-fishermen in years-to-come. If I had to name that ancient lake monster, I would call him Drayton Farley.

Woodstock Alabama's Drayton Farley is a hell of a songwriter. Drayton Farley’s new single American Dream is the kind of tune that gets you out of bed to work grumbling all the way, but hopeful for the day. American Dream hits you with 3 minutes of truth, and a bunch of them can be hard to swallow. Drayton’s voice conveys pain in a way that I relate-to. The tone of his voice is wonderful, and the overall production of this song is spot-on. An acoustic guitar, a vocal track, and a bit of reverb. It’s as honest as it comes and a definite listen this morning.

It is no mystery that I really dislike political music on the surface, as-do many of our readers, but that’s because it seems like the most vile of tricksters use music as a vessel to bamboozle folks into siding with them through their mutual-interest of their preferred-musical-genres. Often times, this creates outsiders in their communities from anyone who thinks differently or dares to challenge their pathetic ruling-class. Political-music-fans-are-vile… I don’t get that in this song though. I don’t get that at all from Drayton Farley. I get a message from Drayton Farley.

So why do I keep going off about political songs today? Well there’s a line in this tune’s chorus that might piss a few people off who reject a defeatism-mentality or an unpatriotic-attitude, wherein Drayton says, “…this bullshit American dream.” You don’t listen to that on the surface, though… what you need to do is take the song in. Consume it. Digest it. Let it become a part of you for a moment. It says a lot in a short amount of time. It says a lot in a way where you need to just stop using your reactionary-muscle-memory and instead use your eye-balls to look around you, sometimes into a mirror. I can’t lie and know exactly what he’s getting at in a few of the lines since I don’t know what he’s personally gone through, but I know what I feel when he sings them in-relation to my own experience. That right there is why we listen to music like this. Why music like this exists in the first place. Real well-thought-out-art challenges the listener, regardless of the listener’s own views. You nailed it with this song Drayton.

I find this song challenging in a way that I really enjoy. The words make you think about the engrained views we’ve all calcified in our hearts over the last decade and what those hardened views really mean now that we’re on the edge of a new era. For me, this song puts into perspective the notion that we have very much been let down by our predecessors through selfishness for their own personal gain, be it through protecting their social statuses or gaining fiat-wealth. All of this illustrates a failure to protect the following generation’s quality of living. Fear, dictating the terms of a hostage-negotiation where our fundamental rights and freedoms are the captives, has etched away the boundaries between rationality and responsibility, decaying both. This song made me think about all of that and more. That’s a lot in 3 minutes of time.

For those who need comparisons to pick up their devices and spend 99¢: This guy’s voice and songwriting will remind you of Jason Isbell, but from what I can tell Drayton Farley isn’t having any Isbell-style-twitter-crybaby-meltdowns. I don’t even care if he is, because that isn’t getting jammed down my throat by ever social-media-platform that has identified that I like #music. I was actually getting pretty bummed-out because I really liked Jason Isbell’s music, but as he vied for the attentions of a demographic that couldn’t-care-if-he-ever-put-out-another-record he was losing me and many of my compatriots who bonded over his music. Luckily, I can just spend my time listening to Drayton Farley instead, because he’s right up there with so many other artists I love right now. He is a nice dude, and his music is really great. I really recommend checking him out this morning.

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