This blog traces at once my ongoing journey as a writer and the evolution of my admiration for my favorite artist of my generation, Josh Ritter. Some of the pieces here are products of a fair amount of research, and revision. They can test the limits of the attention span increasingly associated with the digital age. That is to say, some of the posts here are rather long.
Still, I hope you like them.
*New in 2013!*
- A Time to Wait . . . Pondering two very different versions of the song Wait for Love off Historical Conquests. Dedicated to all of us still waiting.
- Reading the Mississippi . . . Following Mark Twain down the Mississippi River in search of Josh Ritter . . . and a Dr. Seuss mash-up.
- Bob Dylan at the Pines Theater . . . Just Dylan, no Josh. The Girl goes to a special concert and pens a love letter to a hero
- Say goodnight gloaming . . . Some autumnal angst while pondering some phrases from Thin Blue Flame.
- Turning up the music . . . Possible sighting(s) of Josh’s Girl in the War in Boston. (And an NBA championship!)
- Wolves inside my keyboard . . . What I think about when I think about leaving my job.
Close readings of incredible songs
- Girl meets Mark Twain . . . My discovery of the album The Animal Years leads to a rediscovery of Mark Twain.
- Desert radio . . . Line by line through the enigmatic song Monster Ballads. My best impression of Sherlock Holmes. Awaiting my Pulitzer.
- My own private Idaho . . . Excavating those haunting Idaho lyrics. Guest starring Woody Guthrie and The White Stripes.
- Again from his brumal sleep . . . A Wolves love story. Jack London and Rick Bass. Some kvetching about winter.
- To the blog or whoever . . . Initial impressions of Historical Conquests. Plus a rewrite of To the Dogs or Whoever, of which I’m still pretty proud.
The Girl’s early writings and reflections
- River days . . . Using the final verse of Monster Ballads to work through my move across town. More nostalgia.
- The past an address . . . Ode to my old apartment using one tiny phrase from Thin Blue Frame.
- It could be best . . . the first Josh Ritter song I ever heard.
- Last week’s feathers . . . Magnolia trees, an imminent move, some heartbreak. And the song Snow is Gone.
- Flight . . . More discussion of the song Snow is Gone, and a trip cross country.
Musings on albums and concerts
- So ran the night away . . . My experience from the seats at Josh’s concert on May 21, 2010 at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts.
- Homecoming . . . About the time I road tripped to Michigan and back in four days for the 3.3.2008 show at the Ladies’ Literary Club in Grand Rapids.
- Blowin’ up . . . A congratulatory post to honor the release of Historical Conquests. Includes the poem I wrote to ensure Josh assumed his proper place in history.
- From protozoan to Ponce de León . . . Announcement of a new album and discussion of The Animal Years. Unabashed nostalgia.
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And you can email me at girlinthegloaming [at] gmail [dot] com, even if just to say, You’ve got it all wrong! Perhaps my favorite thing about Josh’s work is that it leaves so much room. He takes exceptional care of and with everything: he’s the most hospitable songwriter I know. One gets the feeling he likes company.
I do too. So thanks for stopping by.