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"Homeless Christmas" by Mother Redcap
After nearly thirty years, Mother Redcap releases "Homeless Christmas" – a musical reminder of the plight of so many on a day when nobody should be forgotten.
By: Mother Redcap
In "Homeless Christmas," Steve Oakley captures despair from the point of view of a homeless man during what he calls "the season where we should give." Seasonal imagery such as "Salvation Santa," layered instruments and a level of intimacy driven by first person perspective deliver a troubling story about a man who says "underneath these rags, there still lies a man." If it was not so sad, it would be a great story about a man who can still raise his head and say "Merry Christmas."
When asked "why now," Rodger Delany replied, "When Steve first played "homeless" for me, I immediately knew he had something that was timeless. But, I never thought we would still have a homeless problem thirty years later." Technology and the socio-political climate make this the perfect time to introduce a song about people who are less fortunate.
Converting the old tapes for release was difficult requiring a lot of professional help. In spite of being complete in regards to recording, mixing and editing in 1990, "Homeless Christmas" was never released. The tapes suffered from age, several moves and challenging climatic conditions. In late 2017, the multitrack tapes were salvaged by Jerry Hudson at Eagle Audio Recording in Fort Worth, Texas. The tapes were "baked" and converted from analog audio into digital files and combined into a modern digital project. The project file was sent to Rich King in Philadelphia to be mixed for release.
Musicians on "Homeless Christmas" are Steve Oakley (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Rodger Delany (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar), Chris Ritchie (vocals, bass guitar, percussion) and Mike Lockwood (vocals, drums).
Formed in the southern shadow of Philadelphia, Mother Redcap is a rock and roll band from Maple Shade, New Jersey who is "unapologetically New Jersey" drawing on influences such as Springsteen, Neil Young, Rush, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Steve Earle and the Replacements. Mother Redcap released four records – "Rough Mix" (1986), "Throwing Stones" (1988), "Up to Now…" (2000), and "All This Nothing" (2009). In 2012, Rodger Delany released "Moment of Truth" and in 2015, Steve Oakley released "Bloom Late."
For more information on Mother Redcap, go to http://www.motherredcap.com
Page Updated Last on: Dec 18, 2017