Children are a surprisingly underutilized source of inspiration for music. Think for a second — how many songs or bands can you think of that are inspired by or for children? (For the sake of discussion, material directly made for kids shows doesn’t count.) Your tally will likely be low, even if a few examples pop up here and there — Stevie Wonder wrote “Isn't Shune Lovely?” about his daughter Aisha; The Get Up Kids’ Matt Pryor used The Terrible Twos to make Indie Rock for his kids; and, most famously, Eric Clapton penned “Tears in Heaven” after the horrific death of his 4-year-old son.
Shivering Timbers, the musical entity masterminded by Akron-based spouses Sarah and Jayson Benn, recently joined this unusual lineage.
Shivering Timbers play the Northside Music Festival Saturday, June 11 with guests The Lions Rampant, Kim Taylor, The Dukes, Pop Empire, Soapland and State Song. Go here to read Reyan Ali's full Sound Advice.