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I’m really not suited for this “job.” In other words, I’m not a music reviewer from the technical standpoint. I only know what I like and when I hear it, I jot it down or make a mental note; or in the case of today’s spin, can’t get it out of my head. It was raining today and as I drove along, wipers slapping, on comes Joe Henry singing “Our Song” a dirge-like paean to America as told from the perspective of Willie Mayes. I was transfixed. It was a perfect soundtrack for the weather.
Joe Henry is an amazing songwriter, musician, producer and brother-in-law to Madonna (married to her sister). He’s a crack producer who was behind Solomon Burke’s 2003 Grammy Award Winning, Don’t Give Up On Me. He’s worked with Ornette Coleman (as you hear the brush drums on these songs, you can imagine how that would work nicely), his “hero”, Loudon Wainwright III, and done production work for Elvis Costello and Aimee Mann, to name a few. His latest album is “Civilian” released this past year.
You can listen to some of his music, most notably above mentioned Our Song and Time is a Lion at his fan-run MySpace or better still on his own site, Joe Henry Loves You Madly which has some nice links/videos.
And of course, a little immediate visual in the form of Kings Highway from one of his earlier albums:
So that’s all for now folks. I’m off to bed because the rooster crows a little early in Queens, NYC for music school tomorrow which is actually today.
Have a great weekend.
PS: I hear they’re saying Diesel is the Dylan of comedy over at Humor-blogs.com.
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