Song of the Week: “Blood on the Saddle” by Tex Ritter

by Douglas Cowie on 15 February 2019

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Blood on the Saddle” by Tex Ritter:

I went for a walk in the snowy countryside with my friend Fabian the other weekend. Fabian knows more about music than most people, and at some point he asked me if I knew this song. When I said I didn’t he started singing it, and then told me Tex Ritter’s version was particularly good. As you can hear, it is (particularly good).

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Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Tomorrow Is the Question” by Julian Lage:

I heard Julian Lage’s version of a Roy Orbison song on my friends’ radio show on Monday night. Tuesday night I discovered, thanks to an advertisement in the men’s room at Jazz Cafe, that Julian Lage is playing in London at the end of March. Wednesday morning I bought tickets. I love the little half-quotation of “Straight, No Chaser” I hear near the start of this tune.

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An Island Lost at Sea

by Douglas Cowie on 6 February 2019

Chocolate Orange, a band in which I play trumpet, cordially invites you to a party that will also be raising money for charity.

Craft Ale or Continental Lager?

AN ISLAND LOST AT SEA

On Friday March 22nd at Paper Dress Vintage, Hackney E8, the mighty Chocolate Orange, along with some very special guests, will be playing some rock and raising some money for Hackney Winter Night Shelter. 100% of the money we take in on the door will go to the shelter; we suggest making a £10 donation.

22 March 2019, 7:15pm until late. Paper Dress Vintage, Hackney, London E8.

THE LINEUP:

Nigel “The Bladdered Balladeer” Burch ft. Adrian Stout

Sons of Django

Chocolate Orange

DJ Ironing Board Scallop

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Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This “Gwendolynn’s Apprehension” by Mick Jenkins:

One of my students introduced this song into our class discussion of Gwendolyn Brooks’s poetry this week. Mick Jenkins borrows and cuts up Brooks’s famous poem, “We Real Cool” for the chorus of this song, and in the middle of our discussion of that poem, we listened to this song and then continued our discussion, back and forth between the poem and the song. These kinds of moments and discussions are, to me at any rate, a profound part of what the experience of literature and the experience of music are about, and thanks to my student (thanks, Karim!) I can rethink a poem I thought I might have thought about enough. I also have a lot of new listening to do (thanks again!).

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