This week’s Thursday track exclusive is a very fine slice of rock ‘n’ soul from Philadelphia singer-songwriter Aaron Parnell Brown
hursday’s rolled around once more, which means it’s time for your weekly track premiere here at Songwriting. This week, we’re proud to bring you this emotion-drenched cut from Aaron Parnell Brown, a singer-songwriter who’s steeped in the soul traditions of his native Philadelphia. Can’t Stop is a heart-rending tale of a love gone wrong (but then aren’t all the best songs?), and is taken from Brown’s second long-player The Tin Man. The album’s out in July and follows his 2012 debut Sing.
Aaron says: “I wrote Can’t Stop many years ago when I was living in Scranton, PA and was obsessed with The Rolling Stones, and in particular the album Let It Bleed. I just loved the the gritty feel of the music and lyrics, and the style in which Mick Jagger sang was just so cutting. One day I found myself in the situation where a lady that was horribly bad for me sent me staggering a bit. She really got into my head and there was nothing I could do about it: I couldn’t stop even if I wanted to. The lyrics then flowed out pretty easily and I ended up writing the song in about 20 minutes, with that Let It Bleed feel on my mind. The whole episode ended pretty badly, but at least I got a good song out of it.”
We’d go so far as to say a great song! We reckon Can’t Stop will appeal to fans of artists like John Legend, Lenny Kravitz or even, dare we say it, Stevie Wonder. Vague echoes of Steppenwolf’s The Pusher in that intro, too… but that might be just us. You, of course, can make your own mind up!