Los Angeles-based folk singer-songwriter, William Caleb Parker has released the acoustic video for his song, “Full Moon Rising.” This is the first of three acoustic sessions, offering a more simplistic take on Parker’s most recent EP, Marie. Watch here.
Parker’s start in folk music came at the end of a songwriting spree in college. After studying music formally, Parker’s desperate need for a more creative outlet resulted in his first collaboration with longtime friend Phil Glen. Two years of songwriting were poured into Parker’s passion project, Marie. Gathering influence from classic literature and famed novelists, William Caleb Parker brought his lyrics to life.
“I think I say things more straightforwardly than the norm,” says Parker of his lyrics. Gathering inspiration from the works of various authors, including Dostoyevsky and Robert Frost, Parker aims to tell a story with every song. “Sometimes before I start writing, I’ll go and read some Steinbeck in hopes that I can capture some of his tone.” It’s this novelist tone paired with musical influences along the likes of Fleetwood Mac and Paul Simon that creates William Caleb Parker’s signature sound.
“Full Moon Rising” adopts the story of Marilynne Robinson’s novel Gilead. The song tells the tale of a grandson dealing with the death of a grandfather and a son dealing with the death of a father, with whom he had a difficult relationship. The weighted story is played out over an acoustic guitar and minimal instrumentals in Parker’s first acoustic video. Keep up with William Caleb Parker online for more videos and updates!