Age 45 Album: Black Cadillac - Rosanne Cash
I'm cheating a little, as this was released in 2006. But, in going through a list of 2007 albums, I didn't listen to any that year near as much as I listened to this.
Rosanne lost her step-mom June Carter and her father John within a few months. A year or two later, her mother Vivian passed away. That loss and grief is all over this record. All of the songs were written by her, or in tandem with her husband.
I think Rosanne Cash is one of the finest, most intelligent, and most soulful singers in the last couple of decades. She's now showy but, when she goes for it (listen to the chorus on the title track of this LP), nobody does "ache" as well as she does.
Not long after this album's release, the biopic about her dad - Walk The Line - was released. In interviews, Rosanne expressed her displeasure of the film's portrayal of her mother - that it made her look like a shrew. I think she was off-base on that view, as I felt nothing but sympathy for Vivian watching that movie. Maybe it was too close and too raw for Rosanne to have a clear take.
two surprising albums.Age 45 album:
With 2 kids in middle school and just 1 left in elementary school, it was becoming more obvious how quickly they were growing, and soon any remnants of them being children would be relegated to the past. Fortunately, while my kids were maturing, I was regressing. This next song really hits that sweet spot where they were still childish enough to want to see kid-related movies, and I was feeling a bit of urgency in wanting to watch these movies with them. As a result, we rented the predictably not good Disney movie The Country Bears. What I could not predict was how much I enjoyed the Bears' "hit" song in the story, Straight to the Heart of Love. Yes, it's from a kids movie, but there is a reasonable amount of talent behind the apparent schlockiness of being made for a Disney film: written by and lead vocals by John Hiatt, and contributing vocalists include Don Henley, @wikkidpissah's girl Bonnie Raitt and Colin Hay of Men At Work fame.
- i'd been wanting to find my way back to Roseanne Cash because she was such a bulwark of the Ken Burns Country Music series, but i always found her a little formulaic. but the producers here found just the right way to present one of the truest hearts of the genre. *bookmarked*
- one of the great pleasures of not having raised any kids is having missed the lion's share of children's media. but this is a soundtrack where i could endure juvenile tastes for repetition. Love John Hiatt, Bela Fleck and listening to consummate character actor Stephen Root keep up w Brian Setzer is worth the price of omission