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25 July

Like the Ziegfeld Gal and the Vaudeville show

Ray LamontagneThe summer of 2011, my wife was very pregnant and we had the luxury of spending a summer on Nantucket. On mornings I would often take the dog over to this piece of conservation land called Ram Pasture/Sanford Farm. It is a 780 acre piece of property that walks you through the woods out onto this beautiful vista next to an old empty barn, looking down towards the ocean. The round-trip walk to the barn is about 3 miles or about an hour walk. The trip to the ocean makes the journey 6 miles, a pretty hardy walk.

I found myself thinking much during those walks that summer. The quiet solitude allowed one the clarity to really delve into one’s thoughts. The prospect of becoming a new dad, the change that would bring, the health of mother/child, and how life would never be the same… for better and for worse, all circling around my mind.

The musical accompaniment to those walks was always the same. Ray Lamontagne and the Prairie Dogs: God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise. Upon reflection, I think it was the best album released in 2010, and it has slowly become one of the albums that constitutes the soundtrack to my life. It is an album recorded at his home in western Massachusetts with a new country-tinged band, that brings forth soulful songs with a hint of weariness that compliment his identifiable and Otis Redding-like voice. There is an element of melancholy in most of the songs that touch upon pride, loss, hope, regret and some refreshingly odd tidbits of life advice that I find accurate. It is undoubtedly, a beautiful record start to finish. The songs fit like an old pair of jeans, time-tested and road worn, straining at the threads in the knees.

I am unsure if I could pick a favorite track, but one that really resonates with me has been an obscurely titled: Like Rock & Roll And Radio. A song about growing apart and the remembrance/wistful longing for things that have past.

Enjoy Listening.

Are you still in love with me
Like the way you used to be or is it changing?
Does it deepen over time like the river
That is winding through the Canyon?

Are you still in love with her?
Do you remember how you were before the sorrow?
Are you closer for the tears
Or has the weight of all the years left you hollow?

Are we strangers now?
Like the Ziegfeld Gal and the Vaudeville show?
Are we strangers now
Like rock and roll and the radio?
Like rock and roll and radio

I can see you lyin’ there
Tying ribbons in your hair and pullin’ faces
I can feel your hand in mine
Though were living separate lives in separate places

Are we strangers now?
Like the Ziegfeld Gal and the Vaudeville show?
Are we strangers now?
Like rock and roll and the radio?
Like rock and roll and radio

All these white lies hanging like flies on the wall
Hard wired, road tired
Counting curtain calls and waiting
Waiting for the axe to fall

Are you still in love with me
Like the way you used to be or is it changing?
Does it deepen over time, like the river
That is winding through the Canyon?

Are we strangers now?
Like the Ziegfeld Gal and the Vaudeville show?
Are we strangers now?
Like rock and roll and the radio?
Like rock and roll and radio