Peter Karroll honours his father and those who fought alongside him in the Second World War with his poignant single and video Coming Home — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
The title track from Karroll’s forthcoming album of the same name, Coming Home shines a beacon of gratitude on veterans, both those who perished during battle and who came home, able to share hard tales with their children — something his own father did with him.
“When my brothers and I would come in late at night after our band played, our father would typically be up reading,” Karroll recalls of Edward John Karroll (1922-1984). “He would welcome us home, and clearly loved the company of his sons. And on many of these nights, he would tell us about his experiences in the Second World War. He was one of the first 150 commandos trained in Canada and loaned to the British at the start of the war. His stories spanned the European and North African campaigns, and these stories became the emotional fabric and background for the upbringing of my eight siblings and I.”
It would also serve as a foundation for Karroll’s creative quest of his own; a true storyteller reminiscent of a bygone era of songwriters, he began his professional music career at age 12, singing and playing guitar in country halls and school gyms across northern Alberta. From there, it was a long and dusty trail filled with a million stories in the making; from touring on the backroads, to winding his way onto the international scene with major concert stages around the globe, Karroll’s robust career has resulted in chart-topping successes, including a No. 1 song on the Billboard Canada’s Top 100, and a multitude of awards and accolades as a music manager, indie-label owner, producer, songwriter, musician and video director.
“Coming Home is dedicated to all of the men and women who paid the ultimate price, and gave their lives for the freedom of generations to follow,” Karroll says. “It’s also dedicated to the veterans who fought, and came home to tell their stories. Shall we never forget their sacrifice.”