Monday, December 30, 2013

Song of the Day: Ring them bells

I've been listening to Sarah Jarosz recently.  She is widely acclaimed as a master of bluegrass mandolin and fiddle.  The clarity of her singing and playing are simply beautiful....which makes her cover of Bob Dylan's "Ring Them Bells" - featured on Vanguard's 'The Americana Sessions (Bob Dylan)' - pretty startling.  There is such a contrast between the sweetness of the music and the terrible meaning of the lyrics.   This is a very effective echo of Dylan's warning song about end times and coming judgement.'s always time for a good protest song.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas Song of the Day!

drew holcomb's "everythings changed at christmas but you" reminds me of some of randy newman's more successful songs from toy story and cars.