singer-songwriter Charlie parr released today with the official music video for “Blues For Whitefish Lake, 1975”, from their latest album “Last of the Better Days Ahead” (out now via Smithsonian Folkways)
Look here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiNNhovE6cA
Directed by Charlie’s friend Lance Lindahl of Whitefish Productions, the video takes viewers on a peaceful and introspective fishing trip on a lake. Rooted in nostalgia and inspired by Parr and Lindahl’s relationships with their fathers and children, the video stars Lindahl’s son, Gar, and was filmed by Gar’s mother, Lei Shi.
Parr recalls the memories that inspired the song: “It was in the mid-70s, maybe, when I went fishing with my dad and the fish didn’t bite, we went to the end of the lake and had walked up a long wooden staircase to a bar that I hadn’t been able to see from the water at all. The bartender knew my dad and gave me a grape soda and while I’m sure my memory is false as memories tend to be, I yearn for that little moment every now and then. “
Working with Parr to create the video, Lindahl said, “After seeing Charlie and doing the self-reflection like many did during the pandemic, I told Charlie I had to be a better dad. ‘said he had to do the same … I was very moved by the sacrifice his father made by breaking his back [work-wise], so Charlie didn’t have to. My dad had done the same for me by working his ass so I could have things he never did … It’s something important to pass on. Understand the importance of a father and that he has a very important role to play in the life of his child if he has the privilege of being a constant for him. “