Dusty Wright is a New York based folk/Americana singer-songwriter, and ‘Book of Tears‘ is taken from his eighth album ‘Can Anyone Hear Me?‘ On the music scene since the ’80s, he’s played CBGB’s, of course, and has been a part of a myriad collection of bands. This song seems kind of topical but that’s because its topic is in the news on almost a daily basis. “How many tears / must we shed / How many prayers / how many prayers/ Can resurrect the dead?” Dusty Wright sings.
He explains his motivation to write the song as endless frustration: “‘Book of Tears’ was written after the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre. I was hurting, and I needed to express my frustration in a song. Not sure why our leaders sit on their hands and do nothing. Why the NRA still holds so much sway over common sense gun laws. I think most Americans would agree that something has to be done and done now. There are too many names in this Book of Tears.”
Photo : Michael Weintrob.