“Without Love” by Joe Travers is the ninth song in The FIRST Alive with Clive Top 20.
Joe performed “Without Love” during his interview on Alive with Clive on October 17, 2008.
Here is a picture of me with Joe that was taken in the TV studio before his interview on Alive with Clive:
This is what you will discover about Joe from his Web site, www.joetravers.net:
Joe has created a large catalog of songs, touching on themes as varied as the idea of America, the American Civil War, modern physics, coming of age, the Greek myths, love and loss, and the hero within. His storytelling – through colorful lyrics, melody and choruses – leaves you anxious for the next chapter, and his sound blends the genres of acoustic pop, folk, Americana, jazz, Celtic and country. His song, “Call It America,” won Honorable Mention at the 2006 Peacedriven Songwriting Awards. “Call It America“ and another one of his songs, “Art of War” [which I regard as one of the most powerful, extraordinary and insightful songs I have ever heard], have been climbing Neil Young’s online list of the most popular “Songs of the Times” – both are in the top 100 songs in a field of over 3,100.
From Scotland’s Edinborough Fringe Festival, to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (one of five reputedly “acoustically perfect” spaces in the world), from New Jersey’s “Maplewoodstock” to New York City’s CBGB’s and The Bitter End, Joe has played a variety of established venues. As a member of the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and an ASCAP composer, Joe’s work has been heard scoring dance concerts and plays across the U.S. His songs are available on five independently produced CDs, Journey Home, Harbor, The Diviners, Janus Heart and The Perfect Pint.
Larry Oakes, founder of NYSongwriters.com, called Joe “truly a classic singer/songwriter,” and I regard Joe as “a thoughtful, insightful and multi-faceted singer/songwriter with his finger on the pulse of a broad range of social issues … an undiscovered national treasure destined to take his place among such legendary singer/songwriters as Neil Young and Willie Nelson.”
“Without Love” is from Joe’s second CD, Harbor. As mentioned by Joe during his interview on Alive with Clive, it has two themes. The first is about “the ongoing search for the love of one’s life and the second is what we can live without and what we can’t live without and how sometimes we might be able to go a little while without things we don’t think we can live without, but not without love!” The song thus represents a wonderful reminder that for us, as human beings, to be fully engaged in life we must also be fully engaged in love!
Or, as noted in “Nature Boy,” written by Eden Ahbez, and recorded by Nat King Cole in 1947:
A magic day he passed my way and while we spoke of many things Fools and Kings, this he said to me, “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”
Here are some of the lyrics that give you a sense of the essence of “Without Love”:
A man can go naked as the day he was born
He can walk this world and meet it battered and torn
He can stoop like the eagle or rise like the dove
But he can’t live, he can’t live, he can’t live without love
. . . .
I could go for days, have nothing to eat
Go thirsty for hours and still stand on my feet
I could hold my breath maybe for a minute or two
But I can’t live, just can’t live
Not for a moment can I live without love from you
Here is the video clip for you to enjoy of Joe Travers singing “Without Love” on Alive with Clive:
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