Over the past week the we’ve all taken a bit of an emotional hit; and not just us here in the United States. As citizens of the world, one of the best ways that we come together, find common ground and get inspired is through music. And that’s what this week’s High Voltage selections are all about.
Yes, they played Hanson’s new single last week but tonight High Voltage is dipping back to 2007 and their 7th album, The Walk. Now using their music to help charitable organizations is nothing new for Hanson and during The Walk Tour they continued their work against poverty and AIDS in Africa, partnering with TOMS shoes. For every pair of TOMS shoes sold, the company donated another pair for a child in Africa. Hanson did their part by asking fans to join them before every concert in a 1-mile barefoot walk to represent what a typical African child goes through every day. The lyrics in “Great Divide”, particularly its chorus, are expressive of the better in us all:I find hope and it gives me rest
I find hope in a beating chest
I find hope in what eyes don’t see
I find hope in your hate for me
Have no fear when the waters rise
We can conquer this great divide
It’s probably safe to say that William Elliot Whitmore is the most famous resident to come out of Lee County, Iowa where he still calls home. If you’re not familiar with the man or what he brings to the music table, what he is is one of the earthiest and soulful conductors of punk-tinged roots (he’s a hardcore Bad Religion-fan), soul, blues and folk breathing today. He is part-troubadour singing about love, pain and the simple things in life like his farm and the Iowa soil, as well as part-preacher bearing the gospel of sin and redemption with a whiskey-soaked voice that Tom Waits would envy. His songs run the gamut from defiant and resistant to achingly beautiful and bruised, and most with little more than his guitar or banjo as accompaniment…but honestly, the man doesn’t even need that. This is Trina’s absolute favorite track from his 2009 album Animals in the Dark. After you’ve heard it, maybe you’ll understand why.