Frazey Ford, “Firecracker”, off her 2010 album Obadiah.
Back before the invention of the phonograph, there was only one kind of music in most of the land — the kind of music you made yourself, with your own two hands. Songs were passed down hand to hand or distributed as sheet music and were simple because most folks simply can’t remember, play or sing complicated songs. Musicians were people from the community who played music on Sundays or in the evenings for a collection of friends, they were not beautiful people with instrument technicians and vocal effects and so on and so forth. Music was something that came from the soul with all its flaws and imperfections, it was not a processed and homogenized perfection.
I was thinking of that while watching Frazey Ford play and sing this song. She’s not one of the beautiful magazine people, she has neither a perfect voice nor a vocal effects wizard processing her voice into pop perfection, she is, basically, real. And that’s more than fine with me.
- Badtux the Music Penguin