Tuesday, August 03, 2004

He Only Sings When He's Sad

I don't mean to be a downer, but since I was on the subject of loss, here are a couple of mp3s from M Ward's LP-long meditation on the loss of a friend, Transfiguration of Vincent, from 2003. Sad, Sad Song is from Matador's site. The page it's posted on lists it as Vincent O'Brien, but the page is wrong. I prefer Vincent O'Brien, a sad yet whimsical song about a man who sings and dreams to shake the tragic loss blues. "You better get yourself together soon," warns M. Ward. The old-time saloon piano enters at precisely the right moment, and the ending is triumphant. It's music for the broken spirit, but anyone can get a lift out of it.

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