Mayer Hawthorne Pays Tribute to his Dad in “Reach out Richard”June 20, 2013
An ode to his father, Richard, Mayer Hawthorne explains to Entertainment Weekly the challenge of putting his story into words in, ‘Reach out Richard’.
“This was the hardest song I’ve ever had to write. I still tear up sometimes just thinking about it. Thanks to Pharrell for pushing me to get the whole story out. Love you, Dad. I’ll find my way eventually.”
Soulbounce.com says, “There was never any doubt that crooner Mayer Hawthorne was this generation’s yacht rock mantle bearer. However, if you ever needed any proof, look no further than his latest release ‘Reach Out Richard’… Mayer approaches Steely Dan territory with this smooth ode to his father. “All I’d ever wanna do is be as good a man as you,” Mayer sings in his signature falsetto as the music, full of upbeat chords, rhythm guitar and plenty of cowbell, coasts along as smooth as silk.”
HYPETRAK says, “With Pharrell on the production, the new tune takes on a more calming approach in comparison to his previous Jessie Ware-assisted single, ‘Her Favorite Song.’ ‘Reach out Richard’ is appropriately categorized as ‘yacht club music’ by Hawthorne.”
MostlyJunkFood.com describes the track as “a retro funk grove with a soft side and Hawthorne’s patented airy falsetto.”
Listen to “Reach Out Richard” below:
Also catch “Reach out Richard” on May Hawthorne’s upcoming album, Where Does This Door Go, due out July 16 (available on pre-order now). Hawthorne will be also on tour this summer with OneRepublic; dates start July 19 in Tulsa, OK.