have several Harry Chapin CDs but, for right now anyway, this is the
one I really feel pulled to. I've yet to hear a Harry Chapin song
I disliked and this CD has several songs I *love*. I love how the
title track starts off sounding like a lil kids song and then goes into
a litany of very adult concerns. And the absolutely chilling
"Mayor of Candor Lied." In addition, it's got "Corey's Coming",
"If My Mary Were Here", and "Caroline". All songs which make me
want to take a cue from my parents who named me off of Chapin's song
"Jenny" and name my own future daughters after Harry Chapin
songs. I just love Chapin's ability to humanize his creations,
exemplified in "Laugh Man" but very much a part of all the songs
Time After Time by Eva
got this and "Songbird" after hearing Ms. Cassidy's "Fields of Gold" on
a promo for "Touched by an Angel". Both CDs are fantastic.
Hers is a very different but beautiful "Time After Time".
Dream-like. Another favorite is "Ain't No Sunshine", a song I'd
heard several times by different people but never payed attention to
til her version. "Penny to My Name" is a heart-breaking
story-song of a poor girl longing for a second chance. Her cover
of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock" is simpler than the original. I
prefer the original but this is quite nice. However, my very
favorite on this CD is "Way Beyond the Blue". What I like about
this CD is Eva Cassidy's diverse selection of songs. You can just
visualize every where from a smoky, dimly lit blues club to a small
town past its peak to a country chapel.
Rise and Shine by Randy
Truly a CD I would never have
anticipated enjoying as much as I have. I'm only just so fond of
country music and also fairly iffy regarding gospel. Put the two
together... definitely not a sure deal with me. But this I
like. I'm late in coming to the Randy Travis appreciation, I
enjoyed hearing him perform on the episodes of TBAA he appeared
on. But it wasn't until this CD was released that I really
thought "Wow... I should get that." Love "Raise Him Up", I'm such
a sucker for father/son songs for some reason. "When Mama Prayed"
I first heard on the series finale of TBAA and nearly cried it was so
touchingly used. Some time later I really came to dislike that
episode for a myriad of reasons but my appreciation for this song was
undiminished. Some songs like "I'm Ready" and "Jerusalem's Cry"
don't really veg with my personal religious views but... gosh darn the
songs are good. "Three Wooden Crosses" sounds like an email
forward but... gosh darn it again if I didn't get goosebumps the first
time I heard it and the plot surprise was revealed. "Pray for the
Fish" makes me smile, good to have a sense of humor about
religion. Anyhow, nice change of pace for me.
Garden State produced by
Zach Braff completely deserved
his Grammy for putting this compilation together. I really
appreciate that this isn't a soundtrack packed with rock songs everyone
has heard a bazillion times. I loved the movie and all these
songs fit so well with it. And they sound good on their own,
too. The two songs by The Shins are great, I was familiar with
"New Slang" from "Scrubs" but "Caring is Creepy" was new to me.
They have a really unique sound to em. It's hard to pick out any
stand-outs cause they're all just really good and flow into each other
perfectly. However, if I absolutely had to choose favorites I'm
quite fond of Iron & Wine's "Such Great Heights", "Let Go" by Frou
Frou and Zero 7's "In the Waiting Line."
Waking Ned Devine music
composed by Shaun Davey
Well, college may not have been
the enlightening, radically life-changing experience I thought it would
be but it did at least introduce me to this film and, by extension, its
soundtrack. So it was all worth it. :-) This
soundtrack is largely instrumental score but with a few song
gems. "Fisherman's Blues" by The Waterboys is delightful and
upbeat despite its title. And vocal work in other tracks like
"Cursing in Heaven" is lovely. The score itself varies a lot so
it's not like every track sounds the same, a problem I've noticed with
other scores. "The Ballad Of Ned Devine/ The Witches Reel" is
another song and it's a good thing I like it cause it got stuck in my
head! The final track "The Parting Glass; Forever In Your Debt"
is so great I want it played at my funeral. In the meantime, I'm
content to listen to it several times while still kickin'. "Hear
Me" is a very close second for favorite track, the lyrics are
melancholy but then so hopeful. Although "Lux Eterna. My Eternal
Friend" with the eulogy delivered by Ian Bannen's Jackie gets me every
time... Ah well, it's all just great.
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