We traveled to rural Kentucky to find Benjamin Tod, who had a collection of songs to share from his new solo record, "A Heart of Gold is Hard to Find,". We recorded on the porch of his grandfather's home. These days, it has been great to see Ben really come into his own, comfortable with who he is and where he comes from. There's a maturity to this record that reflects his own growing up, songs with angles of him I haven't seen before.
This song in particular is a departure from the usual internal dialogue, or narrative song. Here Ben writes personally, about his paternal relationship with a man he calls his grandfather, despite, as the song says, them not being kin by blood. It's relatable subject matter in the 21st century, so many of us coming from non traditional homes.
Those of you paying attention might find a fitting connection in a song off of Lost Dogs early album. I can only think of one song where he has addressed family, and the tone of that one was very different. Those who know, know.
It really seems Benjamin has come full circle, a coming home and healing.
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