I was going to feature only one song by Castro in my blog: but then I heard the trio sing an acoustic version of "Automatic." It deserves a post..
Castro is made up of two brothers, Jason and Michael, and their younger sister Jackie. Jackie sings solo at the opening of this song, but she is soon joined by her brothers. Michael accompanies them all on guitar in the acoustic version. The song is lovely. It also cannot escape the tragedies of the age. The band, for example, sings:
I was lost at sea; you were an island. . . .
I was a refugee; you were asylum.
You sheltered me, and now I call you home.
On one level, this is a love song; but on another level, it can be seen as a giving of thanks for shelter in a storm, by, perhaps refugees; it seems automatic (and, in fact, it probably is) that those receiving help in a time of need would love those who helped them.
The group posted "Automatic" on YouTube, and you can listen to the acoustic version of the song here:
Here is a link to Castro's website, filled with videos, photos, and songs:
And, finally, here is a link to the song on Amazon.com, in case you want to download it:
The photograph, above, is of the south desert and Jailhouse Rock in Capitol Reef National Park, Utah (Credit: NPS/Travis Lovell; used courtesy of the National Park Service). This is the tenth of twenty photos of National Parks that I will feature in this blog to honor the centenary of the National Park Service.