NEW DELUXE SINGLE FEATURING LOUIE SHORT’S “WHAT CAN I DO”, ORIGINALLY WRITTEN BY HIS FATHER IN THE 70s, AND THE ORIGINAL 1979 RECORDING
In the Fall of 2021, Louie Short released his sophomore album, Omw 4ev, on 444%. Louie was the sole architect of the project, showcasing his DIY instincts from songwriting through mix. The record conjures elements that range from Tobias Jessso Jr. to Gram Parsons. Warmth, charm and honesty.
The album’s opener and first single, a beautiful song called “What Can I Do”, is a song with a journey interesting enough to warrant a standalone release and connects a father and son’s career almost 40 years apart. The song was written by Louie’s father Michael Short and an artist named BJ Cook in late 70s Toronto. It was recorded with the intent of selling it – possibly through BJ’s ex-husband David Foster – but nothing came and the tape disappeared. 40 years later, in the process of clearing out the old studio, an engineer who had always liked the recording digitized and emailed it to the writers. His dad played it for him and Louie cut the record shortly thereafter.
Now we’re blessed to be releasing the original 1979 demo recording, the duet between Cook and Louie’s father. It’s a much different song, recorded through the lens of a very different time, but the interpretations a generation apart are both more than worth their time.
Michael Short had this to say: “I love what Louie did to it. It’s amazing that he’s kept this song alive after all these years.”
Louie had some comments around the record that fit here: “Things in the middle of life tend to be neglected,” he said. “I think that this forgotten middle space is exciting and uncharted. It holds a certain poignancy because it doesn’t have the manipulative magnetism of creation and destruction, birth and death, to grab your attention. It just has itself existing.”
To have the two releases side by side captures the significance of this composition. The demo version highlights the magnitude of the warmth from the tonality, the revisited ensemble brings this contemporary influence whilst still capturing the expressive nature of the single.
Out now via 444%
1. What Can I Do
2. Sweeter Than Clover
4. Stop Tripping Out
6. Old Dead Bill’s Song
7. If I Wanted To
8. Omw 4ev