Mark Erelli - Milltowns
~ CD Review ~ Tribute to Bill Morrissey
Feb 2, 2015
This album is a tribute to singer/songwriter Bill Morrissey, who passed away too young and too soon. Mark has interpreted these lovely sensitive songs in fine voice, with a gently picked guitar, singing lyrics that could speak to anyone. The song “Birches” tells the story of a marriage that’s cooling off like a fireplace needing wood. My God, anyone who has been married a long time could easily key into this insightful, painful song. If you’re prone to tears, you might start right here:
Let’s fill the stove with birches and watch as the fire burns bright
The song “Letter from Heaven” is funny and sweet with a line about Abe Lincoln being able to see the end of the play. It ends with a heartfelt little yodel:
It’s a great life here in heaven,
“Handsome Molly” is a gorgeous tune that makes me think of the songs of Townes Van Zandt or Leonard Cohen.
I park my cab on Water St.
“Morrissey Falls in Love at First Sight” is a quick-rhyming, silly song of Bill's imagination going bonkers, making plans for the future with a person he doesn’t even know. Mark does a great job keeping up with the gentle strumming and rhyming.
My heart skipped a beat the moment you walked into the room
This album is elusive and present and heart-awakening. The more I listened, the more it pulled up nostalgic feelings from my life.
It features wonderful support from all the contributing musicians: Sam Kassiser, Charlie Rose, Zack Hickman, Rose Cousins, Kris Delmhorst, Jeffrey Foucault, Anais Mitchell, Peter Mulvey and Rose Polenzani. I recommend buying this album, I recommend going to see Mark Erelli. He makes me want to buy the albums of Bill Morrissey, and I bless my good fortune for having heard this album. To find out more about Mark Erelli, visit his website at markerelli.com. [Click on image for larger view.]
Image used by permission of Mark Erelli
Kimmy Sophia Brown has loved humor and music and freedom for as long as she can remember.She is especially passionate about the environment and caring for animals.
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