A second New Jersey-based singer/songwriter in two days? Yes! Hat & Boots is the performance name of Timothy Bretschneider of Woodbury.
Hat & Boots recently released a three-track album, “This Too.” All three songs are recommended, but we are partial to “Feet.” There is an honest vulnerability that is communicated in the voice and in the lyrics. Lyrically, there is a progression, as each verse ends in a similar manner, but with a deeper revelation – “I’m weeping at the feet of something bigger,” (a) “something I’ve never seen,” (b) then, “something I don’t want to see,” (c) and concluding, “something I wasn’t ready to see.” It is left to the listener to personalize the meaning.
The melody of “Feet” is also a progression, as the intensities of the instruments and vocals increase with each of the three verses. Interestingly, the second verse includes voices of children in the background. But at the end to “Feet,” the song returns to its most vulnerable and honest: