In 2010, I stumbled upon the remarkable William Fitzsimmons. This guy has what I consider to be the silkiest voice around, and understated talent to boot. Much of his material is emotional, clearly dredging up negative memories of failed marriages, the divorce of his parents, and a difficult home life growing up. Fitzsimmons was raised in a home with two blind parents and went on to become a therapist at a mental hospital. His compassion, intelligence, and ability to communicate emotion shine through the beauty of his music.
I’d also like to make note of ‘Derivatives,’ an album where a number of his songs from a previous record have been remixed in an electronic fashion. ‘So This Is Goodbye’ was one of the best tracks I discovered last year (take a listen below).
Trying to select the perfect songs that demonstrate William Fitzsimmons’ genius is a daunting task. If you are unfamiliar with his work, do yourself a favor and check him out. I recommend that you watch the entire Deep Rock Drive show, which can be accessed on YouTube.
Oh, did I forget to mention his gargantuan, luxurious, epic, and god-like beard? My bad.