O.K I admit it...
I fell hard for this guy from the first time I heard his song'
'You can bring me flowers'... ("when I'm dead and gone...sit and think, drown and drink")
and then it was 'Winter birds'...
("It's the Widow now that owns that angry plow,
The spartan Mule and The Crippled Cow
The fallow field that will yield no more,
As the fox lay sleeping beneath her kitchen floor")
Then he won me over with
'Trouble'("every time I get back on my feet, she comes around and knocks me down again")
and the beautiful love song 'Empty'...
("Lay your blouse across the chair
let fall the flowers
from your hair
and kiss me
with that country mouth
His writing is poetry.
His music introspective.
Then out of nowhere he blindsides me with some country honk like 'Hey me, hey mama'.
("Papa's in the kitchen, mama's in the field
Murder in the hen house, mud flung high upon the wheels
Rooster in the dooryard just leaning on the horn
Wind so sweetly drifting through the ripening corn")
Needless to say, I was swooning like a school girl when I heard his voice again with his latest.
All giggling aside, he's a true songwriter.
Right up there with Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young,Riki Lee Jones, Greg Brown, Tom Waits and the likes...
Fanning the flames
He woke early and placed the
green chair facing the door...
Some say he could smell
the wicked weather coming.