Friday, March 27, 2009

Hello In There

Hello In There by John Prine
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So if you're walking down the street sometime
And spot some hollow ancient eyes,
Please don't just pass 'em by and stare
As if you didn't care, say, "Hello in there, hello."

Like many, I enjoy great vocals. I am also drawn to the unique sounds of those not necessarily thought of as possessing great pipes. Folks like Krisstofferson, Petty, Young and Dylan just to name a few. A short time before his death, Johnny Cash covered the Nine Inch Nails song Hurt. The mood and conviction expressed with his haunting voice explodes through any preconceptions you may have of this man's immense talent.

Hello In There is a song written and performed by John Prine. John may not be one of those names that jumps out at you but rest assured he is well known and has long been admired in the music community. I was first introduced to Prine in the early 70's by my Louisiana cousin, Stanley Lloyd. Thank you Stan.

Never the velvet crooner, Prine's voice can be raw yet blessed with an edge aged by his sojourner steps with verses nothing short of gripping and beautifully insightful.
I hope you enjoy.


G's Momma said...

The Johnny Cash version of Hurt is so good! It was the perfect song done at the perfect time in his life. It always makes me sad though.


Dita said...

The velvet crooners have their place, but in the end...the great story tellers are the ones that make us reach inside and examine ourselves.

Tom Petty has a great show called Buried Treasure on Deep Tracks on XM radio.

I hope you plan on teaching AA all about these guys because the Jonas Brothers sure don't have the staying power of these boys!