Aaron Embry‘s new album, Tiny Prayers, was released today on Community Music. Aaron played on “Pretty (Ugly Before)”, a song from Elliot Smith’s album From a Basement on the Hill, with Jane’s Addiction, Willie Nelson, and Emmylou Harris, to name a few. His new record is a timeless classic. It could have been written in the South of the US in 1892 in a seedy bar, or during the folk singer songwriter revolution of the 60’s. The sound is antique, descriptive, and original. A single guitar strums behind Aaron’s fervent voice while a harmonica joins in every now and then. Piano plays the sparse instrumentation on “Ode to ‘If'”. On “Your Heart and Mine”, the final song on the record, Embry says
“*There’s a lot of things to do over, follow through and always no end.
It’s like we’re playing out the rise and fall of Rome again.
The Savior comes; you nail him to a tree.
The pain that sets you free will turn to love in time.
Will you always break your heart and mine? Yea, you’ll always break your heart and mine.
I will break your heart. And you will break my heart. And we’ll all be broken hearts.
Perhaps we’re in the middle of the world ending.
It kind of seems it could be tonight, but can we pass around the word of light, alright.
I’m sick and tired of —–.
The demons we redeem, will ever so serenely turn to love in time, so you can always break your heart and mine.
And I can always break your heart and mine.
I will break your heart and mine, and you will break my heart and yours.
And we’ll all be broken hearts.
His lyrics are genuine and personal. They convey beautiful imagery as well as feelings we can all relate to. If the world did end tonight I don’t think I’d mind if this were the last thing I listened to.