It’s been a while since a song has slung my heart to its core, but Mason Jennings often has that effect on me. He just released a new album, Blood of Man, which I picked up last night while buying my wristband for MusicFest (caught The Fences, Portland Cello Project, Damian Juarado last night). And after giving it a once over, I think it may be his best effort yet.
Anyway, let’s circle back to “The Field.” The song is a devastating tome to a parent’s lost child during war. I imagine it’s a mother walking out to the cemetery where her son/daughter is buried and she’s just trying to cope with losing her baby. How can you not cry at the thought of a parent saying over and over again, “I don’t want no victory/I just want you back”? Over and over and over, as if the mantra will undue the destruction of losing a life, as if it will tie back the frayed fabric of a family falling apart.