Wistful Folk Pop from Ireland. - Joe Cleere: Innocence (From Your Eyes)
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posted 21 Sep 2020 by Krister Axel
Leaves us with the understanding that innocence is precious, precisely because it cannot last forever.

Joe Cleere is a soulful singer-songwriter from Ireland who takes inspiration from the likes of Ben Howard, Damien Rice, and Neil Young. Latest single "From Your Eyes" explores the instinct that lives in all of us to protect our children from the weight of the world.

As parents, we quickly learn how fragile and ephemeral each moment really is. The first years of a child's life are magical and precious, and we do all we can to insulate them from hardship and complicated reality. This heartwarming ballad from Cleere encapsulates that painstaking process of curating every moment, and leaves us with the understanding that innocence is precious, precisely because it cannot last forever. Cleere delivers a beautiful finger-style performance on acoustic guitar that pairs well with a warm string arrangement and a gritty, penetrating tenor vocal. "From Your Eyes" is a wistful folk-pop gem that, aside from being a bit of a tear-jerker, describes perfectly the unique emotional chemistry of a strong parent-child relationship.

You're part of my body
But still, you're somebody
I watch you sleepin' through the night
But soon you'll be walkin'
Alone with no warnin'
You'll have to sort the shadows from the light

This song is featured on our Rainy Day playlist.

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Ashland, Oregon

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist


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