Written by Dustin Sclafani
Since the dawn of singing the troubadour has been the source of news and information, whether the soul cry of Marvin Gaye just struggling with “What’s Going On” or the timeline set in G MAjor that is “We Didn’t Start the Fire” music can be a mirror of the times we live in and that echoes thru every passing tone that is Fits and Starts and Stops by Seth Adam. The New Haven, CT. singer/songwriter, father, husband, and human being takes the forever evolving landscape of that surrounds us and gives us the stories that need to be told,
The opening track Fraud can easily be viewed as a sardonic look at the political landscape that imploded in 2016 and yes you can definitely draw the direct comparison to the Orange tainted faithful, but to ignore the deeper picture of imposter syndrome and needing to play a part to move, live, and survive would be doing the song a disservice.Fraud is a beautiful explanation of how one can put their own perspective into the art of another and still invoke that knee buckling heart ache, It is a true testament to Adam’s songwriting that someone can hear their own story in his melodies. There is nothing that Adam askes from the listener that he is not willing to give of himself, telling us all about “The Trouble I’ve Been In’ he turns the telescope inward and shares his understanding of self and that the accountability he asks of society he asks of himself as well. Wrestling with the ultimate Jenga game that is the real world, frying to find the harmony within being a parent, a partner, and a working musician while navigating “unsolicited advice from some kind of jerk”
Sonically Adam takes you down that beautiful Americana soundscape that pays tribute to Mellencamp, Springsteen, and Petty with tones and feels that could of easily been out takes from Wildflowers or the Little Pink Houses sessions but in fact they were crafted in Adam’s home studio just outside of New Haven Ct. The true definition of do it yourself: not only did Adam write all the words and music, not only did he play the majority of the instruments that you hear on this record, but he renovated the very spot in which the album was recorded. Plus he produced, engineered and mixed the record as well, so spinning this record is literally sitting down with the human being himself and having a beer (or whatever beverage you chose to partake in). As the record draws to an end Adam leaves us with a look into the newest adventure/hat he wears, that of being a father. “Lennon’s Song’ is a beautiful note written to his oldest daughter and how much his heart has grown since the day she became his world. You get the true sense of Adam living in the peace of what true unconditional love is. Adam leaves us with this beautiful song of love and hope, it is a reminder that even when the world is burning and the barbarians are at the gates it is the ones closest to us that give us love and hope.