Over the past few months I have had a few people who have contacted me regarding writing reviews for some of the tracks on the podcast. Hao Boon emailed me last week expressing an interest. This is his first review and, hopefully, the first of many. I love his writing and look forward to reading more as well as finding out a little more about this truly creative individual. I hope you enjoy this and also support “Eyes Like The Sky” as well as all the other independent artists I feature. Anyway….on with the review.
When I was young, my mom would have potted plants on the corridors. As a kid, it was a privilege to be given the water spray; to be given all that responsibility at the age of 6. It was probably a funny sight for my mom, seeing this pudgy little boy waddling with the water spray.
While spraying water at the various potted plants and herbs, I could occasionally see a ladybug resting on one of the leaves. Despite the scorching heat, I would just stand in front of it, this little boy staring at this little critter. When I man up, I would place my stubby little finger in front of it in anticipation that this beautiful insect might just climb up on it and be acquainted with the 6-year-old me for a mere minute.
It is the beautiful Eco-cycle, the boy and sun giving nutrients to the plant, the plant giving food to the ladybugs and the dead ladybugs returning favours, becoming nutrients back to the plant that fed them.
Nowadays, ladybugs are becoming a rare sight, just like the singer sang “I haven’t seen a frog in years.” I haven’t seen a ladybug in years. Could it be that I am too busy with my adult life that I forgot how to just relax and look at the nature around me?
Eyes Like The Sky is a solo folk project by Rob Holt, a brilliant singer-songwriter from Southampton. This is his first solo project; his previous projects include Frisbee in the Jewel Box and grunge band Faceful of Flames.
This beautiful song is so child-like. The little boy catching frogs and putting them in the sandpit. Him and his sister would climb up a tree and sing and do absurd stuff like interviewing the stars above their heads (to the dismay of their neighbours). These are things we can relate to, things we would do when we were young and had nothing to lose. We aren’t doing things to annoy people, we were simply being kids: new to this world and everything around us is so strange and alluring.
As we grow up, fear starts to get to us, the fear of rejection. But all in all, there will always be simple pleasures in our lives (like getting someone to scratch that itch at your back which you just can’t seem to reach) that make life interesting and worthwhile.
This song is available on his new album Nylon Songs, so do support by buying a physical copy from him!
“But still it’s great to be alive, even though you might have it some other way”