Brooklyn’s Greg Cornell has a good amount of regret. Luckily, he also has a lifetime supply of artistic wherewithal to overcome that regret. With “Heavenly Rain”, the second window into Cornell’s upcoming full-length record Come On Home, he begins to paint a picture of a man defeated and desperate in a thirsty haze. Whether this man is him or not is up to you, but Cornell offers us some insight to whichever theory you may have:
“One time I missed the opportunity to do something good, and the regret kept coming at me. This song came out of dealing with that. It’s kind of a dream-vision. The man in the story is wandering in a desert, praying for rain to slake his killing thirst. He falls asleep and dreams of the things he regrets. When he wakes up he realizes the way to bring the heavenly rain is to reach up and pull it down.” – Cornell
As for the song itself, Cornell visits the deep, looming sense of longing that’s often tied to bluegrass or folksy tracks. “Heavenly Rain” takes no prisoners and steers clear of any overused clichés the genre(s) may beg to offer. Cornell’s band The Cornell Brothers may keep his musical boat afloat, but if you listen closely enough, you might begin to hear some new twangs with each listen, making pieces of it stand out amongst the rest of the genre.
“Musically, it’s only one major chord on the verses with a slide to the minor chord, that gives it a bluesy, ethereal feel, so that the bridge is a relief when it goes through the normal one-four-five blues progression. When we recorded it, I kept saying “I wanna do this swampy!” which Jason Nazary the drummer luckily understood and he laid down a very solid but syncopated beat that drove the band.” – Cornell
Come On Home is due out this August.
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