Spirit Trail!

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  • #25168

    David Day
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    Well (deep subject 😆 ), it happened again tonight! 8)

    Get the picture…..I’m sitting on my screen porch listening to XM Cafe with a long tall cool one and Line in the Dust comes on. 8) It was good to hear it! :D

    It made me think. 💡 Spirit Trail is now 10 years old! 8) Happy Anniversary Spirit Trail! ❗

    What a great record! Probably my favorite! With the exception of Noisemakers, my most listened too! It always puts me in my “happy place!” 😆

    Disc 1 and Disc 2 have always seemed to be different to me. Sometimes I crave Disc 1 and sometimes I crave Disc 2. Sometimes I want King of the Hill, sometimes I want Funhouse. Sometimes I want Preacher in the Ring, sometimes I want Shadow Hand. Sometimes I want Great Divide, sometimes I want Swan Song. Sometimes I want Fortunate Son, sometimes I want Sunflower Cat.

    What makes the two discs different? Is it your favorite also! 8) Does anyone “See the same Way”? :?: 😆

    David Day
    Lake Lanier, GA

    #29992

    David Day
    Participant

    I must add…..The first time I heard Funhouse or Sunflower Cat at a show, I didn’t even know they really exsisted. They made me look at the “total package” of Spirit Trail! 8)

    Does anyone See The Same Way?

    David Day
    Lake Lanier, GA

    #29993

    MVF
    Participant

    Yes, I see the same way now………..

    #29994

    treah
    Participant
    David Day wrote:
    What makes the two discs different? Is it your favorite also! 8) Does anyone “See the same Way”? :?: 😆

    Hey now!

    I think someone at XM must like Spirit Trail too. I heard See The Same Way on Channel 45 bright and early yesterday morning while getting ready for work.

    The only difference I see in disc 1 and disc 2 is acoustic piano is featured a little more on disc 1. What am I overlooking? :?

    This is definitely my favorite record for two reasons: 1.Bruce’s two hand independence really stands out and 2. The way the songs flow together (is that intangible enough for you? 😆 )

    Jackie

    #29995

    David Day
    Participant
    treah wrote:
    I think someone at XM must like Spirit Trail too. I heard See The Same Way on Channel 45 bright and early yesterday morning while getting ready for work. The only difference I see in disc 1 and disc 2 is acoustic piano is featured a little more on disc 1. What am I overlooking? :?

    It happened again tonight! 8) No lie! :D

    Get the picture……Sitting on the same screen porch, drinking the same long tall cool one (I’m a slow drinker 😆 ), listening to XM Cafe and Sunflower Cat comes on! 8) (What do you think Kat? :D ) It was good to hear it! 8)

    I can always count on Jackie to respond to anything when Spirit Trail is mentioned! 8) You and I do “See The Same Way”! 8) Would love to hear some keyboard players take on this. I’m a stupid guitar player and Jackie is the best trompone player in the world! :D

    It’s interesting that Jackie says Disc 1 is more acoustic piano. 8) I’ve always thought the opposite in a “juxtrapositional” (there’s one for you MVF and Rich 😆 ) way, that Disc 2 had more electric piano and organ. Which one is right? :?:

    Would love to hear from daverich & Rich on this one. 8) Wish DavidR was still around! :(

    David Day
    Lake Lanier, GA

    #29996

    David Day
    Participant
    MVF wrote:
    Yes, I see the same way now………..

    When have you and I ever seen the same way? 😆

    On the other hand, I am so glad that you have finally seen the light and get the picture! 😆

    David Day
    Lake Lanier, GA

    PS I can’t wait until tomorrow! 😆

    #29997

    MVF
    Participant

    ….wish I had XM radio…..and a back porch……..

    The first time I heard “Sunflower Cat”, I was on my way to the Historic Triangle (Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown) in Virginia for my yearly sabbatical. I had just pulled onto the Jamestown Ferry with my brand-new copy of Spirit Trail in the CD player when “Sunflower Cat” came up. I cranked up the volume, opened all the windows and the sunroof in the car, and commenced to dancing on the deck of the ferry. I had quite a little party going right before Security came and shut us (and the car) down. It was a magical moment. 😉

    David, your musings put me in the mood to crank up “Sunflower Cat” while I was working on my classroom at school today. Bit Of Trivia…..# of times that non-Bruceheads are willing to listen to “Sunflower Cat” in a row before complaining….14. Just thought you’d like to know. 8)

    #29998

    daverich
    Participant

    sorry,- I’ve not listened to spirit trail for months since my car ate my cds.

    So far it’s eaten.

    Spirit trail,
    Scenes from the southside,
    Halcyon Days,

    and a whole other heap of non-bruce stuff, and countless burnings of downloaded concerts.

    I do have mp3s of it all, and luckily I realised what the cd player was doing before inserting any of the box set cds!

    Kind regards

    Dave Rich

    #29999

    rdiakun
    Participant
    daverich wrote:
    sorry,- I’ve not listened to spirit trail for months since my car ate my cds.

    So far it’s eaten.

    Spirit trail,
    Scenes from the southside,
    Halcyon Days,

    and a whole other heap of non-bruce stuff, and countless burnings of downloaded concerts.

    I do have mp3s of it all, and luckily I realised what the cd player was doing before inserting any of the box set cds!

    Kind regards

    Dave Rich

    Oh, Dave, man… at least your car has good “taste”!

    I haven’t thrown in Spirit Trail for a few months, but I gave it a full replay at Dave’s suggestion. Yup, it’s still freaking awesome! There’s a little something for everyone on that disc. Thank God Swan Song wasn’t about him hanging up his chops and retiring. I haven’t heard anythign definite about the meaning behind that tune, but I kinda liked the suggestion someone made back in the old usenet days that maybe it was a farewell to John Molo, who was then going off in his own directions. If that’s the case… Man, it must be nice to have a friend who can write such heartfelt stuff about you!

    – Rich

    #30000

    David Day
    Participant
    rdiakun wrote:
    Oh, Dave, man… at least your car has good “taste”!

    So…..What is your favorite song? :?: 8)

    David Day
    Lake Lanier, GA

    #30001

    rdiakun
    Participant
    David Day wrote:
    rdiakun wrote:
    Oh, Dave, man… at least your car has good “taste”!

    So…..What is your favorite song? :?: 8)

    David Day
    Lake Lanier, GA

    There are so many “favorites” from that album! At first, it was Sneaking Up On Boo Radley, but then I got hooked on Fortunate Son and Line In The Dust and Sunflower Cat. It changes every time I listen to it.

    – Rich

    #30002

    Speedsk8er
    Participant
    Quote:
    Disc 1 and Disc 2 have always seemed to be different to me. Sometimes I crave Disc 1 and sometimes I crave Disc 2. Sometimes I want King of the Hill, sometimes I want Funhouse. Sometimes I want Preacher in the Ring, sometimes I want Shadow Hand. Sometimes I want Great Divide, sometimes I want Swan Song. Sometimes I want Fortunate Son, sometimes I want Sunflower Cat.

    Spirit Trail may be my favorite BH studio album. I like all his albums. But Spirit Trail was real art. By 1998 Bruce was no longer a pop figure and therefore the album didn’t get a lot of attention. I think it’s one of the best albums of the 90s, period (Nirvana and Pearl Jam fans are you listening?). And I’m not just saying that because I’m a fan. Rather it’s that Spirit Trail caused me to become a big time Bruce fan. It took a few listens before I “got it.” But 10 years later it still sounds great.

    Discs 1 & 2 are definitely different. I view Disc 1 as more piano-based and traditinal and Disc 2 more experimental. It’s kind of like Bruce’s “White Album.”

    #30003

    David Day
    Participant
    Speedsk8er wrote:
    Discs 1 & 2 are definitely different. I view Disc 1 as more piano-based and traditinal and Disc 2 more experimental. It’s kind of like Bruce’s “White Album.”

    Touchdown! :D

    Do you think Disc 2 then was a lead up to Big Swing Face? 8)

    David Day
    Lake Lanier, GA

    #30004

    molomolomolo
    Participant

    Spirit Trail is definitely my favorite Bruuuce for two reasons and the first is nostalgia. I was working in a record store at the time of its release and we had a copy that we would play in the store. Every day when I came in that was the first CD that I would play. It was kind of funny, but at the time, I didn’t put it together that it was the same guy from “The Way It Is” fame. Now, every time I listen to it I hear something on it I never noticed before and also have a new favorite from it each time as well.

    For what it’s worth, Funhouse is my favorite tune on the record–as of right now! :D

    #30005

    Speedsk8er
    Participant
    David Day wrote:
    Touchdown! :D

    Do you think Disc 2 then was a lead up to Big Swing Face? 8)

    David Day
    Lake Lanier, GA

    It could be that he was headed in the “Swing Face” direction and maybe there are signs of that especially on Disc 2.

    Speaking of BSF, I like to play the “Big Swing Face” game with people. What I do is start playing “Big Swing Face” to people who don’t know Bruce’s stuff that well (at least the stuff post 1988). I see if they can guess who it is before I tell them. I tried it with a few people and NO ONE guessed correctly. The best guess I heard was “it sounds a little like Ben Harper.” Then they’re always amazed when I tell them it’s BH.

    #30006

    MVF
    Participant

    Daverich,
    I will bring my extra “Halcyon Days” CD to trade for anything live your car has not yet eaten. Or, if you don’t have a trade, a hug from my favourite 😉 Bruuucie Across the Water will suffice.
    MVF

    By the way, by “live”, I mean any CD with live Hornsby music, not anything actually moving and breathing. Figured I’d better clarify before David read this…..

    #30007

    rdiakun
    Participant
    MVF wrote:
    By the way, by “live”, I mean any CD with live Hornsby music, not anything actually moving and breathing. Figured I’d better clarify before David read this…..

    It’s aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive!

    #30008

    David Day
    Participant
    MVF wrote:
    By the way, by “live”, I mean any CD with live Hornsby music, not anything actually moving and breathing. Figured I’d better clarify before David read this…..

    Miss MVF would like anything live! 😆 😆 😆

    Oh, I’m am soo going to regret that one too! 😳

    (Come on! That was funny! 😆 😆 😆 )

    David Day
    Lake Lanier, GA

    #30009

    rdiakun
    Participant
    David Day wrote:
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    MVF wrote:
    By the way, by “live”, I mean any CD with live Hornsby music, not anything actually moving and breathing. Figured I’d better clarify before David read this…..

    Miss MVF would like anything live! 😆 😆 😆

    Oh, I’m am soo going to regret that one too! 😳

    (Come on! That was funny! 😆 😆 😆 )

    [/list:u:1bb00]Yeah, that was pretty funny. And yeah, you are soo going to end up regretting that one. It’s not too late to get a disguise for Bay Days!!!

    Rich

    #30010

    MVF
    Participant
    rdiakun wrote:
    Yeah, that was pretty funny.

    Laugh it up, fuzzball……….

    #30011

    David Day
    Participant

    Guess I’ll have to cut off the dreads! 😆

    On the other hand, I’m sorta lookin forward to my spankin! 😆 😆 😆

    David Day
    Lake Lanier, GA

    #30012

    treah
    Participant
    molomolomolo wrote:
    . Now, every time I listen to it I hear something on it I never noticed before and also have a new favorite from it each time as well.

    That is true for me too!

    When I first listened to Spirit Trail,King Of The Hill,Song C and Fortunate Son were among my favorites. When I heard live versions of Great Divide,See The Same Way and Funhouse,they became the songs I loved. Today, I have a real appreciation for the “obscure” tracks (ones that aren’t played very often in the live shows-Sunlight Moon, Listen To The Silence,etc.)

    Next week,next month I’m sure I’ll hear something amazing on the album or a live recording and find a new favorite. Here’s to more great musical adventures!

    Jackie

    #30013

    molomolomolo
    Participant
    treah wrote:
    molomolomolo wrote:
    . Now, every time I listen to it I hear something on it I never noticed before and also have a new favorite from it each time as well.

    That is true for me too!

    When I first listened to Spirit Trail,King Of The Hill,Song C and Fortunate Son were among my favorites. When I heard live versions of Great Divide,See The Same Way and Funhouse,they became the songs I loved. Today, I have a real appreciation for the “obscure” tracks (ones that aren’t played very often in the live shows-Sunlight Moon, Listen To The Silence,etc.)

    Next week,next month I’m sure I’ll hear something amazing on the album or a live recording and find a new favorite. Here’s to more great musical adventures!

    Jackie

    See, it proves itself again! I was listening to Spirit Trail this morning on a long drive I had and Sad Moon came on. It is my favorite live song and for today my favorite off of “ST”.

    #30014

    tgreene
    Participant

    Just a couple of insights on Spirit Trail:

    1. Swan Song was a song Bruce wrote as a pissed off reaction to some record company exec during the recording of the album. I guess it was his way of saying that if you hold me up, I can just as easily hang it up although the key line is (“I’ll do alright, but in truth I might”).

    2. The first two songs on Disc 2, I believe, were written at a different time than the rest and seems headed towards the direction of Big Swing Face. I think the biggest missed opportunity, according to Bruce, was See the Same Way. I agree. I think it had as much radio potential as any song on the record.

    #30015

    rdiakun
    Participant
    David Day wrote:
    Guess I’ll have to cut off the dreads! 😆

    On the other hand, I’m sorta lookin forward to my spankin! 😆 😆 😆

    David Day
    Lake Lanier, GA

    Can we watch? I guarantee that I won’t be the one to post it on YouTube. I can’t say the same for anyone else, but I know it won’t be me! 😈 😉 🙄

    – Rich

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