I might be just old enough that I was deeply concerned that Bob Douglass was going to launch into a version of New Kids on the Block’s ‘The Right Stuff’ at the beginning of his latest track.
Thankfully, this folk-inspired acoustic guitar driven jaunt is completely the opposite of manufactured pop. And it’s a song which, once again, gives to us an example of the plethora of talent this region has to offer.
Douglass reminds us that the road to hell is often paved with good intentions – something that has been quoted by everyone from Karl Marx to Madonna – and the proverb itself forms the basis of the song.
If all actions, whether good or bad, have unintended consequences then this song has had the unintended consequence of paying tribute to itself.
The singer is effectively asking rhetorical questions on morality about the nature of his own existence and the love we share with another person. I could have read too much into this, but I actually like the idea that like folk songs before, there’s a multi-layered meaning which differs from listener to listener.
It’s not Dylan, but it’s a start. Yet, this is not an academic thesis; it is a good spirited and fun song with an excellent guitar solo, which trails off into a nicely layered finish.
The Frequency has found their perfect pitch. The right stuff indeed.
You can watch the video to ‘Good Intentions’ now by heading to YouTube/looking above.