Archive for the ‘Death’ Category

I have not updated this site in some time, and for that I am sorry, but I am contemplating a kind of a long-term project (that may live here or elsewhere, don’t know). The issue is that I don’t know where to start it. How far back in country music history can you go? Does anyone...

I submit to your kind attention this wonderful appreciation of Glen Campbell by David Cantwell in The New Yorker. Splendid stuff, this.  

And it is “Stand with Hillary.”

And this is Johnny Cash covering Gordon Lightfoot. I am not going to post the Gordon Lightfoot piece, because you can find that yourself, and because I am not that Canadian. This is mostly depressing because this is Old Johnny Cash, who sounds terrible, and who was probably struggling with what people are nice enough...

I have not updated this site in a long, long time, and I am sorry about that, and this is not an update but more of an apology. I have been working on my novel to the detriment of this site, which is a bad thing but it’s a really good novel and I hope...

This is an issue song, and I don’t like issue songs, not one little bit. They aren’t fair. They don’t pretend to be fair, to come down on one side or another. I am not telling anyone to shut up and sing; this is a free country. I am just telling you what I like...

I will listen to most of these songs, really I will, but this one gets switched off every single time. I mean it. This one is bad because it sneaks up on you; it pretends to be something it’s not: And she said: I’ll wait for you Like I did last year At Christmas time with your family here And...

Arlington

I’m going to start you off with the lyrics on this one: I remember daddy brought me here when I was eight, We searched all day to find out where my granddad lay, And when we finally found that cross, He said, ‘Son this is what it cost, to keep us free’. Now here I am a thousand stones away...

Strictly speaking, this isn’t a country song but a blues song; no country song could get away with the chorus repeated this often: And this traveling around It’s gonna be the death of me And this traveling around It’s gonna be the death of me But, Lord, this is a depressing song. It isn’t just the chorus, or the music,...