MP3 Steve Pichan - Leavin' Detroit
Story telling style similar to Harry Chapin played in an adult oriented rock / pop / folk genre.
5 MP3 Songs in this album (19:01) !
Related styles: ROCK: Acoustic, POP: Pop/Rock
"Leavin'' Detroit" is written as a musical short story reflecting the hard times that have come, particularly, to Detroit and Southeastern Michigan which has been home to auto factories for decades. For most who live in our region, the majority of jobs are directly or indirectly tied to the auto industry. Recent declines in car and home sales has forced many to accept buyouts or take early retirements forcing many to move out of Michigan. Unemployment is very high and the prospect of finding a job is remote. The day to day economic news is dire and dominates newspaper headlines and conversations with
friends and co-workers.
I had no intentions, initially, of making a theme out of the entire "Leavin'' Detroit" EP. The first song written (track 3) was the title cut. Actually, I was helping to produce a local band (Apollo) in my home studio and was working daily on their project. They had to take a break for a short time which gave me an opportunity to do some writing. The lead singer of Apollo, Tabe Harold, spent time helping with the arrangement of "Leavin'' Detroit" and also laid down some neat vocal back up tracks. (Coincidentally, my first title choice for the song was "Better Day")
After completing that composition and recording, the idea of a short project themed around the job losses and bad economic news came to me.
The next composition was "Paralyzed" which told the story of an autoworker losing his factory job. He, Bob, became the fictional subject of the project.
In "Paralyzed" Bob spends time at the vacated plant peering through the door, pondering his plight. He feels let down by politicians that seem insensitive,
and by auto executives that aren''t feeling the same pain nor similarly losing their own jobs.
Of course, in order to complete the bad news, Bob had to lose his home in "Take it all". This ballad really defines the essence of what it''s like
to be in the position that Bob found himself in. "What the hell did I expect? Here, take the front door key!" sums up the frustration and anger that many
must have felt when losing their own jobs and homes in recent months.
In response to all of the unforseen events, Bob packs up his family and they head for the south in search of a decent paying job and, hopefully,
a better life. Bob is a tough Detroiter and determined not to let the facts and circumstances get in the way of supporting himself and his family. So he
does what able bodied Americans do. He heads out of town, gets a job and starts over. He knows that his fate, ultimately, is in his own hands.
Ultimately, they all adjust to their new homeland all the while missing Detroit. "Report from Raleigh" is an email title that Bob has sent to friends and family. It''s a mixed bag of emotions for Bob. His new home and state has some clear advantages, but nothing will ever replace his beloved Detroit.
I believe that many more will face similar realities in the year 2009. Predictably, Detroit will not return to it''s days of prosperity for all anytime soon. Some of us may be able to stay on. For most, we will be forever changed.
I do hope that "Leavin'' Detroit" will carry you through the emotions that I felt as I pondered the lyrics. But it is also my hope that the main
message is not overlooked; that is, the future can be bright for those who determine not to fail no matter what the circumstance. For those who believe that it is not up to the government, GM, Ford or Chrysler to guarantee a life of employment, my hat is off to you. Strong, determined, hardworking, creative individuals have been the backbone of the U.S. for centuries. They are our greatest hope for a renewed America in the future.