In the song “Whiskey Garden,” the charm of the instrument and the gentleness in the vocals fashion an elegant vehicle, with dark tinted windows that conceal its lyrical passenger. As her performance moniker clearly reveals, EllaHarp is a harpist. The beauty of the instrument is on display in “Whiskey Garden.” It is only when a listener intentional takes notice of the lyrics that the darker side of the single exits from the shadows. The song is about “John Doe the bookkeeper,” who has turned to alcoholism and disillusionment of the American dream.
The lyrics are intelligent and deserve attention. The most insightful but discouraging line is the final one in the verse, which we interpret as a reference to working hard every day, but still just teetering on the edge:
Push all your papers and blink
The machine is just a chain and he's just another link
Push all the days of your life and never leave the brink
EllaHarp is Ella Dawn Jenkins, a harpist, vocalist and songwriter based in the San Francisco Bay Area (Half Moon Bay). “Whiskey Garden” is the fourth single from EllaHarp's sophomore album “Screaming Into the Void,” which is scheduled for release in late 2020. The single was produced and recorded by Andrew Heringer in Los Angeles.