Doug Paisley :: Drinking With A Friend

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Though he’s a masterful lyricist, Doug Paisley knows that language has its limits. On “Drinking With a Friend,” the first taste of his forthcoming album Starter Home, he confesses over churning upright bass, acoustic guitar, gentle organ, and a resonator guitar: “So many things that I wanted to say/I always found that words got in the way.” Set for release via No Quarter Records on November 2nd, Starter Home follows 2014’s Strong Feelings. Recorded in home studios around his hometown of Toronto, the record immediately feels lived in, the understated work of a confident craftsman (and newly minted family man) in no rush. The record’s first single, “Drinking With a Friend,” exhibits that ease in its own way, as a subtle acknowledgment that for all our effort, all our frantic pacing, our lives are temporary things. “Nothing to show for nothing I’ve done/Someday I’ll be a skeleton/Put me in the ground, let me reach for the sun/Drinking with a friend.” It’s not mournful or solemn, this recognition of mortality. Rather, it imbues seemingly inconsequential moments, like a beer between friends, with a cosmic weight. The best songwriters, like Paisley’s forebearers Gordon Lightfoot and John Prine, know how to make simple monuments out of great big and complex truths. In passing moments, Paisley might find words imperfect tools for his task, but that never seems to keep him from finding the exact right ones on Starter Home. words/j woodbury

Doug Paisley :: Drinking With a Friend

6 thoughts on “Doug Paisley :: Drinking With A Friend

  1. Can’t say how much I love the song, Drinking With a Friend, heard it for the first time tonight, and yet it felt familiar like I’ve heard it in my head for years…but more like a blanket of understanding being wrapped around an ineffable intimate moment.

  2. Can’t say how much I love the song, Drinking With a Friend, heard it for the first time tonight, and yet it felt familiar like I’ve heard it in my head for years…but more like a blanket of understanding being wrapped around an intimate moment that can’t be put into words

  3. doug Paisley is one of my favorite canadian singer songwriter, i can’t wait to hear is new album, i love the song drinking with a friend, very touching.

  4. One of my most favorite singers in the world. I spent 20 days listening to Doug’s songs when we drove 5000kms in Australia. Thank you for leaving us the most beautiful memories.

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