Thanksgiving is a national celebration day that is held on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Many Americans use this holiday to spend time with their families.
And 'The Family' is the title of and idea behind Joseph Arthur’s album released in June 2016 (Real World Records/True North Records). Notably it's the first album where Joseph has written all the songs starting from the piano. It also represents a return to Joseph's early explorations in music as a teenager in Akron when he acquired an electronic keyboard (a Sequential Circuits Six-Trax synthesizer) passed down from his aunt.
The album examines the different aspects of relationships and the complex dynamics that exist within families. Joseph penned a personal introduction about finding the 1912 Steinway Vertegrand piano that was used to compose the songs on 'The Family' and how the tracks evolved around the concept of family. He explains "“The Family” story is mostly a work of fiction. This isn’t about my family. It’s about family" and adds, “The songs are sung from the perspective of different characters, both male and female, both child and adult, in different times in history”. A downloadable digital booklet containing this backstory along with the lyrics and artwork for the album is available << here >>.
In his summarising lines Joseph declares "It’s a celebration of it all. An acceptance and a love letter. To life. And to all families, including mine".
You can watch Joseph talk more about the inspiration behind the songwriting and stories on 'The Family' via this YouTube video playlist - << Behind The Album: The Family >>.