Life Is Like That
Tom Chapin's first solo recording is a beautiful collection of original songs. The long locks and denim duds shown on the cover place this album smack-dab in the mid 70's; yet the album still sounds fresh, optimistic and relevant. Chapin's smooth tenor vocals and precise guitar and banjo sing the early writings of a young heart. Most of the songs examine relationships - from the all-encompassing infatuation of passion and desire to the pain of a break-up, searching for answers, and hoping for reconciliation. The title, 'Life Is Like That' comes from a line in the chorus of the final track, 'Number One,' a song Tom wrote for his brother Harry Chapin, who was riding the first blush of fame. A song about priorities and staying grounded in the midst of celebrity and great success. An important album in the Chapin canon.