This fall comes Songs With My Daughters, the second family focused album from Nashville based singer-songwriter Elliott Park. This acoustic 12 song collection was created as a response to the current times which the compassionate artist felt called for calming assurances, which is exactly what he is offering up.
With his soothing voice and reassuring messaging, Park’s unique songs couldn’t be more perfect for this moment, providing comfort and warmth with a touch of whimsey. While meant for any age group, the new album gives extra attention to kids suddenly finding themselves with one foot in a complicated world as Songs With My Daughters was created as a creative collaboration with his teenage daughters; Anna (18), Autumn (16), and April (14). On past recordings his daughters had made appearances singing background vocals, but for this project Park wanted them to have a more prominent role. Park says “This album is an ear to the door of my home. My girls have grown up singing and harmonizing on their own. It’s a joy to bring that to a larger audience.”
Park’s songs can go from delightfully playful and imaginative, to dreamy and introspective. Guitar, piano, strings and sweet soulful vocals unite to create a unique musical space born from understanding and empathy. His lyrics are vulnerable, honest and passionate but can also be quirky and comical with an occasional wink to the audience. With his southern charm and soft fatherly way, Park provides an almost therapeutic listening experience.
The album kicks off with “To The Moon and Back,” a catchy uptempo duet featuring daughter Anna that’s chock full of cheeky cuteness. The song “Follow” is a lighthearted encouragement to take a break from the bright lights of popular culture and to search within for one’s own talents and interests. Park encourages listening to your own heart instead of following another influencer as so many young adults are drawn to do these days. All streaming and sales proceeds from “Follow” will be donated to teen suicide awareness and prevention.
Back in late March the Park family were out for a drive when his daughters in the backseat began singing and playing with various harmonies and the charming “Blue Skies Over the Rainbow” mashup was born. Another song where the girls show off their robust harmonizing skills is “Rock Paper Scissors” which creates a fun retro sounding jingle for a universally loved game. The dreamy “Sky Whales” came from a moonlit evening on the porch as Elliott and his daughter Autumn imagined whales swimming through the thin clouds in the sky. Nashville cellist extraordinaire Claire Indie performs adding to the imagery the song inspires.
Memories of growing up in west Texas and Park’s favorite road trips with his father brought forth “Three Bottles In The Wind”. The song is rebirthing of his love for that area and its wonderfully slow culture. The emotional “Beautiful” like many of these songs, is meant for older kids just starting to see the complications of a bigger world and “Set Me Free” is a song where the instrumental leads allowing music and melody to serve as a vehicle to lift the listener to a higher place. Other songs on the album include “Bloom,” a song of encouragement, “Crickets’ Ball” with it’s poppy harmonies and lyrics that you cannot help but visualize, “Orange Jello” and “The Flute Song” which brings more delightful vocal play from the girls and their dad.
Songs With My Daughters will be available October 16, 2020, digitally everywhere families are looking for great music. Visit elliottpark.net more information.
SONGS WITH MY DAUGHTERS TRACKLISTING
- To The Moon And Back
- Rock, Paper, Scissors
- Blue Skies Over The Rainbow
- Set Me Free
- Sky Whales
- Cricket’s Ball
- Orange Jello
- Three Bottles In The Wind
- The Flute Song