Monday, March 14, 2011

My Music Monday

First off, it's π day. mmmmm....π . back to our regularly scheduled program.....

A few weeks ago, when writing my February Record of the Month segment, I mentioned Gillian Welch as guest on the Decemberists new disk.

It got me thinking that she could be on my My Music Monday.

It is my opinion that Welch is not the taste of most people. My friends, Jon and Dith, like her, but most people I know don't really care for Appalachian or Americana music.

What I love about her is that she's a city girl. Being from New York and Los Angeles, her roots are not based in either of these areas, but she comes across as very authentic. For the general public, you may have heard her music in the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?.

While I've heard her music over the last 15 years, I really became a fan with her 2001 disk Time (The Revelator). There is not a bad song on that disk. Seriously.

...and while there isn't a bad song there, I thought I had a favourite, with the pseudo-title track, "Revelator", I found that I wasn't sure one stood out better than the rest. And as I tried to pick a video to represent here, I struggled with the few that are out there on the web.

All seem to have been shot at or around the same time. All are in black and white to give a depression era feeling, which I guess is what Appalachian music kind of does in the first place.

Since I couldn't really commit to one song, I am giving you three. All from the same album. I figure I can do this for a number of reasons - one that it is my blog; two is that it is doubtful I'd feature Welch a second time in My Monday Music segment.

I said it really isn't for everyone, but I challenge you to ride out the entire one or all of the videos and listen with open ears and an open mind.

1 comment:

Jonny said...

One of the most fantastic albums ever. I don't say that often, as you know.