I have a new musical love, thanks to Izzy. He saw one of Josh Ritter’s cdâ€™s at Starbucks and got curious because it boasted NPRâ€™s recommendation. If NPR loves something, weâ€™re pretty likely to love it, too. Our tastes and NPRâ€™s tastes run similar that way.
So, with the recommendation of NPR giving us some hope, I put Josh Ritter into the search field of my Rhapsody app. It was immediate love for both Izzy and me. They say his style is Americana. Thatâ€™s a new genre term for me, but I get that his influence is folk, and after hearing him I think I understand the Americana label, especially after listening to this beautiful songâ€¦
The Temptation of Adam
If this was the Cold War we could keep each other warm
I said on the first occasion that I met Marie
We were crawling through the hatch that was the missile silo door
And I don’t think that she really thought that much of me
I never had to learn to love her like I learned to love the Bomb
She just came along and started to ignore me
But as we waited for the Big One
I started singing her my songs
And I think she started feeling something for me
We passed the time with crosswords that she thought to bring inside
What five letters spell “apocalypse” she asked me
I won her over saying “W.W.I.I.I.”
She smiled and we both knew that she’d misjudged me
(For the rest of the lyrics click here)
Girl In The War
. . . Is another story-telling folk song where Ritter pulls biblical characters into the story and works a lot of wordplay into the song. I wish I could say I fully understand it. I donâ€™t really get it. All I know is it’s beautiful.
Thereâ€™s one that takes me back to my earlier years. Ritter was a child of the 70â€™s like I was and this song â€” to me â€” sounds like the Partridge Family meets Pink Floyd. I bet you never thought a combination of those two bands was possible. I can only find live versions, so this recording isn’t as good as his studio version . . .
Change Of Time
But if you prefer the softer folksy style, hereâ€™s another really moving, beautiful one. It gives me chills. The old American patriotic drum beat rolls in partway through and then the music continues to build toward a higher and higher climax. Have a listenâ€¦