Monday, October 16, 2017
My Music Monday
Obvi, lots of music is vocal only. Gregorian chant comes to mind. Well, and Appalachian music, which has Scottish derivatives.
With a new disk of Appalachian music being released (or maybe it's out) Rosanne Cash has contributed two songs - one which was released on another compilation years ago. Well, two vocals. The one song in question is centuries old.
Cash takes on "the Parting Glass", which has been done by just about anyone doing this type of music (my favourite being the Wailin' Jennys). I mean, according to Wikipedia, the song dates back somewhere between 1605-1770, which is quite a range. 1605 would be somewhere in Scotland. 1770 is the first known state-side sighting.
Cash is in great voice here, but I'm cynical enough to believe that Cash probably sang to music
that was stripped away in post-production. I mean, I'm hoping that is not the case, but - again - cynical.
Music does accompany the singer, but not for the first part of the song. This is not a song that will be played anywhere, so in a way, it's great that someone is still putting out there and willing to back a release that could never possibly make back its investment.
Whether you like the music overall, or this song, the history is important in the evolution of popular music itself.