Sunday, April 28, 2019

When I Was a Dinosaur

You gotta love a singing group that can play "Teddy Bear's Picnic" to a bunch of drunks in an Austin nightclub at 1 o'clock in the morning and get away with it. I first encountered "Trout Fishing in America" at the Kerrville Folk Festival and fell in love with this marvelously eclectic folk/rock duo. Their music is difficult to describe as are Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet whose hair has gone white over their 40 year collaboration.  They do a lot of kids songs, but their repertoire' of adult songs, both original and familiar standards makes them fun at any age.  Check out their website at:

This is the kind of stuff you want rattling the speakers in your doors when you pull up to a stoplight, if only to make people question your sanity in the next car over. And who cares what they think anyway.

Future fossil fuel, that's all they ever was.....



Friday, April 26, 2019

More Love to Thee

This is a beautiful old hymn and Fernando Ortega does a wonderful version of it. I put this song in my Sabbath School songbook. 


Saturday, April 20, 2019

Dona Nobis Pacem - Ladysmith Black Mambazo

I couldn't find a live performance of this song, but there is a clip from this lovely album on Youtube. I bought this album some years ago and it hearkens  back to Ladysmith Black Mambazo's gospel roots. This album combines the South African musical style with a Latin hymn and an English Chamber Orchestra. It's really a lovely happy little song. It makes for a kind of "wake up and go to church" music. Enjoy!

Tom King

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Ripplin' Waters

Lovely little song from Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  Makes me feel happy.


Saturday, October 20, 2018

Softly and Tenderly - Cynthia Clawson

This version of Softly and Tenderly is by Cynthia Clawson and is from the 1985 movie "Trip to Bountiful" with Geraldine Page as an elderly woman striking out on her own to take one last trip home before she dies. It's a sad and lovely movie and this is Sheila's favorite version of this song.


Friday, October 19, 2018

Where Shall I Go?

We were introduced to Connie Dover's music back during my wife's Irish phase where she dug deeply into Irish music and Irish history. Her family, the Keens have a deep Irish past going back to the Kings of Tara. Connie does a lot of Irish music and cowboy music. The two types of music are deeply kin with a lot of Irish ballads being morphed into cowboy songs by the thousands of Irish cowboys that helped settle the west. 

I heard Connie do this song at the North Texas Irish Festival. The longing for some kind of sense of home in this song is very similar to the longing in songs like "The Leaving of Liverpool". Sailors and Cowboys have a lot in common, they just sail over different seas.

Connie does some lovely music. During the summers she works with her husband on cattle drives for tourists. Connie manages the chuck wagon, cooks and sings cowboy music over the campfire. I really love her music. 


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Softly and Tenderly

When I was young and arrogant, I thought Christian hymns were predictable, boring and not very good poetry. I think I thought that because I'd heard them all my life and the lines rattled around in my head much to the dismay of my determined agnosticism. Then I met Christ.

And the old hymns began to mean something to me. This scene from the 20005 movie "Junebug" is a sweet rendition of a hymn that became one of my favorites. The lyrics no longer seemed trite and foolish. This song and its brothers and sisters tucked inside my church hymnal became the echoes of my own heart. My choir teachers in academy taught us to sing four part harmony and how to follow the notes and the parts in the music.

My Sweet Baboo grew up singing hymns and one of the things we did quite a lot after we were married was to break out in old hymns while washing dishes or driving in the car or walking along a path on a Sabbath walk. Old hymns became old friends.

Tom King