Tuesday, February 8, 2011


This is my blog shout out of the day:


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Happiness is a Warm, yes it is, Gun

If this was a cold war we could keep each warm...

I was originally going to use this post to dissect the music and words of Josh Ritter's song The Temptation of Adam from his album The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter. I've posted a video above of him playing it by himself. Lately I've been listening to it a lot and have really grown to have a lot of respect for his songwriting. He seems to have this ability to write songs and combine words in a way that is very artfully crafted and has a unique way of describing situations and feelings. It allows the listener to really understand what was going on in his head or the characters head at the time. In this case it is a hypothetical situation wherein two people get trapped in a missile silo during wartime and are unable to leave. Due to their close proximity and general situation they end up getting together and falling for each other. Although as Josh so eloquently describes, the man is afraid and nearly certain that their love would never have half-life on the surface and so he has his thumb above the button because he is completely happy being with her and wouldn't want to be with anyone else. I just really like the lyrics, the whole situation that he creates, and the music itself and guitar stylings is great. I'm not quite sure exactly why but in my head I always compare this song with the movie Inglorious Basterds. It must be because it takes place during WWII and has similarities with characters and ... frankly I'm not sure why but I like it. I love that movie and I love this track and forever in my head they will be married together.