Monday, January 25, 2021

Music of the Week

 Still nothing this year I feel to strongly about to write too much about.  Here were my latest three albums.  

Dangerous: The Double Album by Morgan Wallen

30 songs long this is a long double album.  If you want to make a double album then I think there needs to be some purpose to it being a double album.  Maybe on album 2 you are exploring something completely different than on album 1 or maybe the whole thing is a big concept album.  This is just a collection of 30 songs that almost all have references to drinking and East Tennessee.  

J.T. by Steve Earle

Back in August Steve Earle lost his son Justin Townes Earle (J.T.) to a drug overdose.  This album is a tribute album to his son.  10 of the songs on the album were written by J.T. and the final song "Last Words," was written by Steve Earle.

Last Words 

I was there when you were born
Took you from your momma's arms
Stood in awe, a witness to
The first breath that you ever drew
I wish I could have held you when
You left this world like I did then
Last time we spoke was on the phone
And we hung up and now you're gone

Last thing I said was, "I love you"
And your last words to me were, "I love you too"

I don't know why you hurt so bad
Just know you did, it makes me sad
Said everything I meant to say
I could not make it go away
Wherever you are traveling now
It doesn't matter anyhow
Can't help but wonder if you knew
You took a part of me away with you

Last thing I said was, "I love you"
And your last words to me were, "I love you too"

You made me laugh, you made me cry
You showed me truth, you told me lies
You tore my heart apart and then
You brought me back the piece again
Now I don't know what I'll do
Until the day I follow you
Through the darkness to the light
'Cause I loved you for all your life

Last thing I said was, "I love you"
And your last words to me were, "I love you too"
I love you too

Explicit Language 

Heaux Tales by Jazmine Sullivan

This is a classic, I am not the audience, album for me.  Jazmine Sullivan has an interesting idea here.  She is writing songs about women and the control, or lack of control, they feel in their lives specifically as it relates to relations with men.  She comes at it from a lot of angles and the idea is interesting.  Some of the songs I feel are pretty universal in how they attack an idea.  "Pick Up Your Feelings" is a smart song that does a great job of expressing emotions around a breakup with someone who has been caught cheating.  Lyrically for me the songs are a bit hit and miss and really this album is all about content.  But again they are hit and miss I think because I'm not really the target audience here.  She's putting out an album for young women not for some guy in his 50's.  One of the points of this album is we need to be doing a bit more for us and a little less for them, talking about men and women.  


  1. I really enjoyed one of Steve Earle's albums about 20 years ago. It's the one that everybody loved 20 years ago. These "Last Words" lyrics are heartbreaking and crystal clear. Friend of mine lost his adult son in similar way about same time last year.

  2. Here's Van Halen playing at Pasadena (Calif.) High School in February 1974, a few years after Alex and Eddie graduated. They aren't my favorite band, but, man, oh, man, what an exciting after-lunch assembly in the auditorium this might've been! I hope Michael Cooper (a Pasadena High Class of '74 kid who went on to play for the Showtime Lakers and coach the WNBA-champion Los Angeles Sparks) was in school that day.