When we got to the Visitor’s Center at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon this fellow was giving me the evil eye from a low hanging perch on a nearby tree. He was croaking some kind of a challenge at me. He probably wanted me to acknowledge his suzerainty over the whole South Rim of the Grand Canyon. These ravens are enormous and don’t caw like crows. They croak and bellow. And anything you leave loose in your campsite is fair game. They’ll steal anything smaller than a duffel bag that’s interesting looking, especially anything shiny or edible. And just about anything is one or the other from their point of view. One sat in a tree above our campsite and serenaded us with abuse at sunset and again at sunrise. All in all, a very impressive creature. Almost thirty years ago I read a book called “Ravens in Winter” by a guy named Bernd Heinrich. He was studying ravens in Maine. He described how intelligent and social the birds were. I’ve always wanted to see them up close. Now I’m jealous of those living in the west where they are very common.
I heard of Tyler Childers by seeing his name as the accompanying singer on Colter Wall’s song Fraulein. Since I liked the sound of his voice on that song, I looked him up (on Amazon.com of course!) and saw that he had a few albums. I ordered his most recent one (Purgatory) and gave it a listen. It’s really very good.
BEGIN RANT – But what the hell is it with these Millennials and drugs? I mean, almost every song is saturated with dope, cocaine and pills. Understand, I know artists always adopt a bohemian outlook on substance abuse but it seems this guy is continuously stoned. How does he manage to write and practice his music with most of his brain soaked with opioids or worse? And if he isn’t really that much of a stoner why are his songs so filled with them? Is it just required from his generation? I grew up in the seventies and drug use was rampant back then but I don’t know, this seems even more exaggerated. – END RANT
So, putting the whole drug thing aside (dirty hippies), I like this Childers guy’s music. Lots of interesting instrumental stuff, good vocals, good story telling. All of the songs are good but if I have to pick a few favorites I’ll go with :
I Swear to God
Honky Tonk Flame
There seems to be a generation of Country musicians who you don’t hear on the radio but play very original stuff that’s more closely related to traditional country music than most of the commercial country you hear on the radio. I wonder if the drug content in the songs is keeping these guys off the radio? Well, whatever it is they are producing good music. I just won’t be playing it around my grandkids. And get off my lawn!!!
Since my readers don’t always stop by every day I figured I’d paste this poll on each post for a while to see what folks call themselves. This is the post the poll came from Who Are We?
… And that got me thinking. Who are the people who read my blog? I thought it might be fun to see what the cross-section looked like. If you feel like saying what you believe in, feel free to leave a comment and/or pick a label from the poll below. I think it might be interesting.