Jan 15, 2023
Rural Intelligencer Article
On January 6, 2021, Great Barrington-based singer-songwriter Rees Shad was inspired to write the song “Call It Done.” Although the tune sounds like a love song, its true genesis came from that day’s dark events.
Shad, who is also a luthier, found himself struggling to construct a guitar due to wood that wouldn’t bend to his will. He turned on the radio as a distraction, and what he heard was a live feed from the Capitol in Washington, D.C. “Toward the end of his life, my dad worked under Reagan and Bush [Sr.], but my family could always find common ground and talk it through,” he said. “The difference that I heard on the radio that day … was a nation that would not come together, on one of its worst days,” said Shad, with emotion in his voice. “I sat down at the piano and started writing.”
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