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Tuesday, April 2. 2013
Cool choice of songs there, but her older country, country/rock, pre-Lanois, stuff is just fine with me too. She never quits reaching higher in her life. When you are given a gift, you just have to reach and keep reaching.
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I've been a fan "Quarter Moon In A 10 Cent Town" 1978. ELH is the ultimate "Songbird" without a doubt.
She is. I first saw her in a club, well, more of a bar actually, in Menlo Park CA back... well back when electronic typewriters were all the rage.
--shoot, i can remember when the manuals were all the rage. Har har (>sob uncontrollably
This is my church...enjoy...
**since** sorry buddy...I was dreamin'...of Emmy Lou...can't get her out of my mind.
I'm almost shocked, buddy,
Emmy Lou is ageless...she doesn't have birthdays...does she?
She was at the famed old Driscoll Hotel in Austin a year or so ago during a big annual music fest --wshe had just lost a friend to the big C and chose a small room there at the hotel to introduce a little requiem she'd written. She's not exactly ageless --too much truth in her whole approach to engage a fantasy, delightful tho it may be. She and i were born not far apart in Alabama and about the same time --i won't tell off on her, but there was still smoke settling from WWII. Well almost --makes a good sentence anyways. If i can find the performance, i'll come back and post it --she's slim and graceful, and a gorgeous earth woman in her mid-60s.
Well said but, I think I'll get out the Larrivee and "fantasize" a wee bit. A little prayer in open D should do it.
well that was easy.
I just saw the one you left above --i gwan lissen to it straightaway
Beautiful tune. I believe it's about Kate McGarrigle a Montreal singer.
--yes, you're right --the name sticks, McGarrigle. Listen, that open D song knocked me over with a feather --the accordion, and the way she hits her guitar after the break --yes, it's a church song and a heavy hitter --i agree all the way.
She must've inspired old BD, too --a fine little piece of writing introducing the post --
I confess that when Wrecking Ball came out, I had a little trouble with the Lanois guitar and some of the arrangements. So I listened a little more. Then I couldn't stop, and now I think it's one of the greatest recordings I own and, when I play it, I still obsess over it. As tough as periods in her life have been she remains a hot babe with an overflow of musical talent, and whenever I see Emmylou play I fall in love with her all over again.
IMO Daniel Lanois adds nothing to Emmylou's music...in fact it detracts from it. He lives about an hour south of me. I'm sure the intent was to make her more appealing to the "younger listeners" but it didn't work for me.
She's perfect as she is and you don't mess with perfect!
Did you wish to lead the "Enlightenment Seminar" on Blaze Foley?
heh --about the best i could do would be to refer you to the comments section of this Van Zandt/Foley ...uh...well, song. About captures that scene. His only shot at the big time, somebody broke into his rent car and stole the masters. Next day, someone asked him why he thought they got stolen. He's talking about his lifetime project here, and he answers "Awww, because they were shiny."
This'n is truly funny, too funny to laugh. It's the last scene is this trailer for some film made about him for the homeless shelter. A couple of his compadres (is that Lucinda Williams?) are reminiscing for the camera. She says "He always stood up for what was right" and --but spoiler alert, i have to stop there or spoil it.
Lucinda Williams is the singer who wrote/performed "Drunken' Angel" just before the couple are talking (don't recognize these 2).
"If I Could Only Fly" recorded by Merle is a personal favourite.
I'll catch up on the McGarrigle
story soon's i can give it proper attention.
I just thought that ''duh!" the woman uttered at the end of the trailer was just brilliantly funny --that used to be called a 'send up' and the more unexpectedly it punctures a scene the better --still chuckling. The funniest part is always not the punch line itself, but the marvel that some fool somewhere would think of it and lay it on ya.
"Duh" has always been the perfect "conversation ender". Timing...it's all in the timing"...duh.
PS, you can catch a lot of Lucinda Williams singing backup on "Human Remains" --the Terry Allen masterpiece of west Texas country honk with lyrics that will tear you to pieces and put you back together again. I'm trying to throw in one song but can't decide which. Want to go with lots of Lucinda on "Flatland Boogie" --but am thinking of a better example of the searing honesty across the whole album. The album is from 1996 --but "After the Fall" is only now beginning to flesh out in full. It needs headphones --there's a lot going on in the background. But as the mood is somber what with pore old Blaze and that premonitional "If Only I Could Fly", have your Lucinda with the tortured hearts of unfaithfulness as she and Terry act out that ancient tragedy in "Room to Room":
--i know i'm overloading here --but this'n has the pipes --the dirge tone underneath the whole song. No it's not titled after either of the two sad Sandy names lately in the news --1996 being --but the mood fits --it's apparently one of them pore old west Texas hardscrabble cotton farmers out on the prairie, who has just lost his little baby daughter and is having a crisis of faith. Yeah --i know --dark, dark album --but not all of it --"Gone to Texas" is a major rocker --