Art — March 13, 2010
‘Say it Once’ from Welsh artist Yestyn Griffiths
People frequently ask Griffiths why chose the name Glass Pear? This is what he has said. “A lot of the songs I write are about the fragility and transiency of life and love. So I wanted to find a name that expressed that. Apparently the ancient Chinese believed that the pear was a symbol of immortality (pear trees live for a long time).
In Chinese the word ‘li’ means both ‘pear’ and ‘separation,’ and for this reason, tradition says that to avoid a separation, friends and lovers should not divide pears between themselves. So for me a glass pear is a pear that is fragile, breakable, needing protection, just like love.”
Griffin’s songs are heart felt and melodic. And his lyrics are thoughtful and sensitive. A personal and poignant account of everyday life. We like Yestyn because he’s one of today’s Indie artists that focus on the positive and sing about matters of the heart. . . Someone said, “oh, he does that just to get chicks”. And given his age and appeal, that’s probably true enough to be said. But youth has it’s virtues as well and this talented young artist has definitely found his voice. You can learn more about Yestyn and his newest release, Sweet America, on his website.
Glass Pear is singer/songwriter Yestyn Griffiths. Glass Pear’s calmly studied folk/pop, effortlessly buoys his soaring falsetto, chiming guitars, velvety production and gorgeously hymnal melodic lines. Yestyn cites Jeff Buckley and the Beatles as influences, while echoes of early Radiohead and Coldplay are heard throughout Glass Pear’s sound. As one reviewer said, "Glass Pear's music opens the heart, the soul, and eyes to every situation life throws at you."