A song about modern motherhood.
I was not the best son. I left home when I was young, and once I did, my mom rarely heard from me on Mother’s Day. Yet, she loved me unconditionally.
I can’t even tell you how I wrote the song “Mama’s Got the Blues”. I don’t know what it’s like to raise a child, but it’s easy to see that it is getting harder to do. It’s like each line in the song is an image from the life of a mother I know. I have seen so many friends with kids juggle things in a way I doubt I could. I’ve seen them go through difficult times with their kid’s health or dangerous teenage behaviors.
In this video, James Nash accompanies Mokai live in-studio,
as they perform Mokai’s song “Mama’s Got the Blues”.
I can’t imagine the feeling of trying to keep your kids safe from so many forces today. I’m in awe of how they pull it off. Yet, watching friends and family take it on, I felt I should say something. At least say how it makes me feel to see them struggle.
It makes me angry, thinking of all the resources we waste in this country. On prisons instead of giving kids the time and space to develop without limitations. Money spent on war rather than on giving parents the ability to be there for their children. I’m convinced we can create a system to meet everyone’s needs, but politicians and corporations stand in the way.
When I was a kid, I read something Woody Guthrie wrote, and it has stuck with me and been a guide in what I try to write. He said: “I am out to sing songs that will prove to you that this is your world and that if it has hit you pretty hard and knocked you for a dozen loops, no matter what color, what size you are, how you are built, I am out to sing the songs that make you take pride in yourself and in your work. And the songs that I sing are made up for the most part by all sorts of folks just about like you.”
With this song, I tried to write one Woody would like.