It's Valentine's Day, and happy couples everywhere will be celebrating their special love with cards, chocolates and sexy interludes. But not everyone is happily paired up with their soulmates and spending the night holding hands and eating heart-shaped pizza in their love nests. For the lonely, heartbroken and poorly matched, Valentine's Day can be a tough day. Some of these folks like to hibernate and hide from the public displays of affection - emerging only on February 15th to half price candy, while others find solace together drinking at the bar with friends and strangers or doing alternate activities that don't include lovebirds flaunting their affection.
Philly outlaw country band Rylan Brooks seem to know this feeling of loneliness ... and their latest video they just released for the slow burner "Firewood" captures the sadness of heartbreak and the feeling of giving up with a sense of humor mixed in. The song lyrics set the scene as a scenario taking place on Valentine's Day. "Those fishnets won't keep you warm when it snows."
Chris Brooks sings the lead and Nate Rylan takes the harmony and back up vocals, in this story of love gone sideways and not unrolling to an outcome they desired. Sometimes the folks you carry the torch for will burn you in the end. We can't help who we fall for or how it's going to turn out. Even if you missed all the signs that it probably wasn't been meant to be and the person who caught your eye never had the purest of intentions with you.
Composed with a sweet melody and an easy-to-learn chorus that will leave you singing along by the end, this is a sad slow dance in the corner of the room for anyone who's ever been ditched, ghosted, or been taken for a fool. "You laid me out, you did me good, but the flames you left burned me like firewood!"
Check out the video and don't forget to grab your tickets to see the band open for Delbert McClinton at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville on March 22nd. The full live show band is usually filled out with a rotating supergroup of talented Philly musicians providing a rich instrumentation with electric guitar, slide guitar, harmonica, drums and sometimes guest vocalists - often including some of these folks: Fred Berman, Will Brown, Andy Keenan, Bob Beach, John Cunningham, Hannah Taylor, Jason Jonik and Russ Bellenoit.