Saturday, November 6th, 2021

Elvie Shane – My Boy

Another round of Big Dad Feelings for this week.


Ian Mathers: Okay, sure, this benefits from the fact that (as far as I know, at least) being a step-parent has yet to become some sort of weird political football and also that most straightforwardly, gently corny songs about parent-child relationships aren’t about this specific type of relationship. But that’s not a gotcha or an undermining of whatever feelings “My Boy” might give you (heck, I got my own step-parents later in life than anything depicted here, but I still think it’s nice), that’s just, y’know, context.

Nortey Dowuona: I don’t have much of an opinion or a description except that someone ought to send this to Russell Wilson. I think he’d appreciate it.

Al Varela: Absolutely lovely song. I love the way Elvie Shane confronts the awkwardness of becoming a step-parent and how truly difficult it is for the child to trust you. It makes the turning point in the second verse all the more heartwarming. That part where Elvie’s partner comforts him thinking he might be overwhelmed by the kid considering him part of the family, only to smile and put that drawing up on the refrigerator is quietly moving in a way that always makes my heart swell up a little. It’s very saccharine, but it comes from a very human place.

Edward Okulicz: This song lays it on thick with a trowel, and everyone involved knows what they’re doing. And for the most part, it does a great job of simply and effectively causing The Feels, making Elvie sound like a great dad, and criticism seems churlish. But I think there’s a point in the chorus where it’s possibly laid on a bit too thick, and it’s the last line of the chorus, that “he’s my, he’s my boy” that sounds a bit awkward, like one too many tugs at the heartstrings. But that bit is over quickly. “My Boy” is lovely, and intended to be lovely. 

Wayne Weizhen Zhang: Pour one out for all of the emotionally stunted stepfathers who should kill to have this level of emotional intelligence! 

Juana Giaimo: Musically, it’s just another country-pop song with nothing much to offer, but I guess it’s the lyrics what makes it stand out, and I’m not sure if it’s for good or bad. On one hand I think “oh, that’s sweet”, but on the other I wonder why we are still making such a big deal out of blood. 

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One Response to “Elvie Shane – My Boy”

  1. request:

    Jax – 90s Kids

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