CHATHAM – I cannot recall the last time I was as impressed by a musician I had never heard of before than I was by Alastair Moock, who played at Chatham First Night accompanied by Sean Staples on mandolin and Chandler Travis on bass.
Cape Cod Wave is normally fairly parochial about only promoting Cape musicians, but when I saw that Chandler Travis was playing with Moock, who is from the Boston area, I was intrigued.
Travis, who essentially introduced me to many of the Outer Cape musicians I have subsequently come to adore, has never steered me wrong.
So, I reasoned, if Chandler is playing with Alastair Moock, this could be interesting. Well, indeed it was.
From the very first song called, “Own Way To Heaven,” Moock’s music and especially his lyrics spoke to me.
In the video above is a song, called “Make It Great” that Moock said he wrote in 2016. It is an interesting Pete Seeger-ish history of the United States that Moock wrote around the time “Make America Great Again” became a slogan and something of a political cause. It is perhaps the best political song I have heard about current times.
While much of Moock’s music tends to be political and story-oriented, I especially fell for his philosophical takes on life such as “Own Way to Heaven.” And because I was so impressed by Moock and his words, here is one other song that Moock performed that night, a song called, “Dream.”
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