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Windfall by Son Volt – A Song for My Son

May 27, 2010


Performed by Son Volt and written by Jay Farrar, lead singer of the group.

“May the wind take your troubles away.”

Released in late 1995 on Trace, “Windfall” is the first song on the first album from Son Volt, a band formed by Jay Farrar after the break-up of Uncle Tupelo. The song captures a melancholic urgency, a longing for connection through music. It is one of the most personal songs in my life, in part because of the nature of the song and in part because it ran through my mind so often during a particular crisis that it became part of that formative moment.