One Cure For Man

FRESH: ‘Humble’ – One Cure For Man

One Cure For Man sings “Humble”

“Humble” is the new single from UK artist James Parkinson who goes by the name of One Cure For Man. It’s his second of 2020, the follow up to “The Haunted” and the continuation of a musical journey that stated for james back in 2013 with the release of his debut album, “Serenade The Damned”. “Humble” is a soft-rock/Country pop song with rocking guitars and James’ superb multi-toned vocals layering each element of the soundtrack and once again telling a very human story as James is more than able to offer.

James told us recently about the song: “‘Humble’ is about moving on after death whilst remembering and learning from the past. The song explores the confusion of living life and progressing whilst dealing with an overwhelming sense of melancholy and loss. I wrote the lyrics whilst painting my study last year. I had been playing lots of my record collection and thinking about the way decorating and changing things feels like fresh starts but also presents a sense of melancholy and bringing up the past. My dad unfortunately died very suddenly at age 67 in 2017 and I bought my parents old house which they lived in for 25 years, as I did until I was 19. Losing a parent young has undoubtedly made me aware of my own mortality to an almost heightened sense. It can feel very strange and confusing at times owning something that once belonged to a parent, particularly when they are gone”.

He continues: “It also got me thinking about all those lives that have lived in one house. I have dedicated the video to my Grandad Bob who was a Japanese prisoner of war between 1941 and 1945. He was a very kind and humble man which is incredible to think he survived such harrowing and horrific conditions and also forgave the people who brought him so much pain. My four year old son, who mostly features in the video, explores many of thew places I spent my childhood. One of the locations, Ghyll Church, is where both my dad and his parents are buried. I think it’s a very beautiful thing when you mix the innocent with the humbling experience of walking through a graveyard of all those lives lost. Musically the song was written around the strong guitar and bass hook and mostly takes its cues from the likes of R.E.M, Bruce Springsteen, The Smiths and more recent artists like War on Drugs and Ryan Adams”.

As One Cure For Man, James has released four studio albums, his most recent being “This Enternal Life” in 2019. His music has been played on local BBC radio stations in the North West and has even been picked out by New order for his cover of their 1983 song, “Age Of Consent”. “Humble” is the second of a number of tracks James has laid down for release in 2021.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!