Sadness On The “Spirit Trail”

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    treah
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    This may be a topic that’s already been covered, but here’s my take on it. Has anyone else noticed how many sad songs are included on “Spirit Trail”? It hit me, ironically enough, while I was listening to Allisa’s version of “Song C” from the “Shadow Hands” CD. This song has always moved me-no matter what I’m doing, when that particular song is playing (no matter which album) I just have to stop and listen. I think the cellos on “Shadow Hands” really (beautifully) emphasize the sad nature of the piece.

    Here are the other songs I think fit in this category:
    Resting Place
    Sad Moon
    Fortunate Son
    Line In The Dust
    Sunlight Moon
    Song D
    Swan Song

    Am I grasping at straws here? Or is it, as Bruce sings sometimes: “I’m in a sad mood tonight”?

    Jackie

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    David Day
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    Jackie that is brilliant! Spirit Trail is probably the CD I listen to the most and that has never occured to me. I tend to think about King of the Hill, Great Divide, Preacher in the Ring, Sunflower Cat & Funhouse. The songs you mention show the sensitive side of Bruce. Maybe Bruce was going through a melancholy phase when he was writing those songs.

    It would be interesting to see chronologically when Bruce wrote the songs for Spirit Trail to see if he wrote all the songs you mentioned together. That would be from one extreme to the other.

    What a great CD! Thanks for pointing that out to us! ❗ Interesting! ❗

    David Day
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    Speaking of Resting Place, has anyone listened to live version of Resting Place on Intersections?

    It’s outstanding! Check it out! ❗

    David Day
    Lake Lanier, GA

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    steve8282
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    A lot of Bruce songs are sad/ dark. Puts me in mind of Richard Thompson

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    rabjohns
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    Resting Place on intersections

    I agree with David about Resting Place on Intersections – it’s a fabulous take – in fact that CD has barely been allowed to spin down since my daughter bought me it for Christmas (lovely girl). Also loved Fortunate Son/Confortably Numb from the same disc.

    I can also recommend the December 2005 at William and Mary (Xmas Hometown gig) if you’re wondering which MunckMix recording to buy your loved one for your anniversary – difficult to better the warmth of a hometown gig by a favourite son.

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    David Day
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    Re: Resting Place on intersections

    rabjohns wrote:
    I agree with David about Resting Place on Intersections – it’s a fabulous take – in fact that CD has barely been allowed to spin down since my daughter bought me it for Christmas (lovely girl). Also loved Fortunate Son/Confortably Numb from the same disc.

    By the looks of your avatar, you a guitar player? Is so, check out Candy Mountain Run off Intersections. It also is outstanding! ❗

    David Day
    Lake Lanier, GA

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    rabjohns
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    I was testing a new camera (Canon Powershot S3 IS, for anyone who’s interested) while I was setting up the forum account – hence the 335 avatar, as it was sitting in just the right position, and I was too lazy to get out of my chair. In answer to the question, though, a very crappy guitarist, but not a bad drummer, who uses the aforementioned CDs for practice (and weight control). Sonny is a lovely player and very inspirational. Other heroes are John Molo (the bass drum work at the end of Spider Fingers still puts a shiver down my spine), Carter Beauford and the man who either made you decide to give up or practice more, Mr William E. Cobham Jnr.

    So when you see the red 335, think instead, ” Massive electric blue Sonor”, known in certain circles as “the Seven Sisters” (or maybe I’ll just change the avatar…)

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    David Day
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    rabjohns wrote:
    In answer to the question, though, a very crappy guitarist, but not a bad drummer, who uses the aforementioned CDs for practice (and weight control). Sonny is a lovely player and very inspirational.

    That’s funny! 😆 You can look at Sonny and tell he uses it for weight control also. 😆

    Speaking of Sonny, I’m a native of Atlanta and Sonny is a local boy. I’ve been following Sonny in some of his bands since his college days. I couldn’t believe it when he hooked up with Bruce! ❗ All the more reason to see Bruce! :D

    David Day
    Lake Lanier, GA

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    rabjohns
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    There you go, changed the avatar to something more appropriate. For those interested in such things, its a 1979 Sonor Phonic, sizes 13, 14, 15, 16, 18 and 24 – not terribly portable, so I use a mesh-headed electronic kit as an alternative (an extended Traps E400)

    http://www.trapsdrums.co.uk/e400microsite.html

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