US - New York - Full Moon 40 - 01/21/00
Story of a Life
Rhino Records/Warner Archives
Harry Chapin was one of America's best folk singers, social activists and human
beings. Chapin wrote story songs about everyday people such as dry cleaners or
motel managers, frequently drawing upon his own life experiences. Songs like:
Taxi, Sniper, Better Place To Be, They Call Her Easy,
Mr. Tanner, Mail Order Annie, Cat's In The Cradle, I Wanna
Learn A Love Song, Dance Band On The Titanic, I Wonder What Happened
To Him, and Last Stand, plus others, which are classics of the folk-rock
era. They will make you smile, laugh and cry, but they will never bore you.
His live concerts were amazing gatherings full of positive energy and immense
humor (I saw him way back in 1975 and have been a fan ever since) !! He had a rapport
with the audience that few artists ever achieve or master. His songs were insightful
glimpses into the harsh reality. They were stories that unfolded like cinematic
dramas and passionate vignettes. Harry wrote songs for the soul. But Harry Chapin
did more than just talk about important issue: he acted upon them. As one of the
first anti-hunger activists, he founded World Hunger Year in 1975 and worked to
alleviate world hunger.
Harry Chapin died in 1981 but his legacy will continue well into the 3rd millenium.
This 3-CD collection is an excellent intro to his masterful insight of the human
character in its glory or its struggle to "make ends meet". There is simply one fault
with this set... It is too darn short. I wish that it would include a couple more
CD's worth of his work. I would love it even more !!!
Copyright © 2000 Stavros Moschopoulos