ANY ROAD. This song is written to my husband, Jim, and it’s still true, and it will always be true. From the Metonyms’ album, Erase This Face (1994). Recently, the Metonyms have made their entire 13 album catalogue available on mp3 through their official band blog at Wordpress. Hope you enjoy!
WORKING CLASS HERO. I’ll never forget calling John Lennon my hero in sociology class way back in the day. He’ll always speak deeply to me no matter how many decades of loss go by. “As soon as you’re born, they make you feel small by giving you no time instead of it all…” Yeah.
HAND IN MY POCKET. “And what it all comes down to is that everything’s gonna be fine, fine, fine…” Nostalgia for the 90’s HAS to include this kind of Clinton-era positivism. It’s not my nature, and I didn’t buy it at the time, either. That said, I will always love Alanis Morissette’s JAGGED LITTLE PILL from smack in the middle of the decade, 1995, a very good year for me and mine.
THE NEEDLE AND THE DAMAGE DONE. There was a time when anyone learning to play the guitar would be learning to play Neil Young tunes from AFTER THE GOLD RUSH and from this album, HARVEST. Vintage 1972.
CHICKENMAN. “I slipped into a desert….” How many ways can I eternally relate to this line? I realize no one can really do this song justice but its writer, but I love it so I try anyway. ”Chickenman” by the Indigo Girls from RITES OF PASSAGE (1992).
SUGAR MOUNTAIN. "Oh to live on Sugar Mountain - with the barkers and the colored balloons…you can’t be twenty on Sugar Mountain, though you’re thinking that you’re leaving there too soon…" Way too soon. This song, "Sugar Mountain" by Neil Young, takes me a long way back, like most Neil Young tunes from the 70’s.
THE LONESOME DEATH OF HATTIE CARROLL. An old recording of an old song, “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll” by Bob Dylan.