Tony Clark - A Tuneful Concern
By: George Peden, Sr. Journalist
Greetings all. Hi and hello to everyone. With COVID digging in it’s claws, it’s been a case of out of sight and out of mind as far as any review offerings in a while.
However, with so much time locked-in and locked-down, I had the chance to listen to some new talent.
A guy who struck a chord with me –so to speak-- was Tony Clarke. Hailing from the UK, the singer/songwriter/guitarist is enjoying fan interest with his tune “Broken Like Me”. The tune, which is readily available at https://www.reverbnation.com/q/7vtard is a social commentary on the plight of the homeless and disadvantaged.
Given the global brush with COVID, and the heartache of loss and human tragedy, the song is a purposeful reflection to look beyond ourselves, and realize just how much we have to be thankful for.
The clip is honest in it’s view of just how hard life under cardboard can be, The well directed, London-based video shows how compassion can lift a life, and how ignorance and fear can cause pain, thankfully, few of us will ever know as we hide behind suburban privilege.
Clarke uses his well-honed voice, crafted out of a love of Elvis and decades of club and bar performances, to deliver a tune that pauses to allow an appreciation for lyrics designed for thoughtful reflection.
Trolling through an interview on his site, you get the distinct feel Clarke is not chasing some Nashville wannabe dream, rather he’s doing music for the noblest of reasons – he loves what he does, and he does what he loves.
With seven albums to get his credit, all with listening capabilities at his site, check him out.
A thumbs up from me.