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January 20th, 2016 at 7pm
HUB Patio
4604, 4606, 4610 N 7th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85013

1.16.2017

Sensitive Man

I don't know if this happens to everyone, maybe it just happens to the emotionally maladjusted, but I find that the older I get, the more things get to me, and I mean eyes-welling get to me. I don't have a problem admitting that—anymore. Occasionally it will be something I'm watching (I was watching an episode of Parenthood the other night that really got to me), but it's typically music. Most of the time it depends on some exterior forces, for instance I was going through a life-changing breakup when I first listened to Chris Cornell's Higher Truth, and I was practically balling through the whole thing. Some songs will catch me when I'm in a particular mood—Dylan's "Simple Twist of Fate" will do that, there are a few Elvis Costello songs—in particular the last verse of "Couldnft Call it Unexpected, No. 4" and "In Another Room" off of the bonus disc for The Delivery Man, "Discipline" and "Walk a Straight Line" by Squeeze, but the one song that seems to hit me hard, no matter what I've got going on, is any live, stripped down acoustic version of "Thunder Road." I don't know how anyone who has struggled with finding their place in the world can listen to that song and not feel something profound. I probably need therapy.

This does, believe it or not, segue into our guest this week. Granted I've concentrated on the songs that have gotten to me on a sad level, although I think there is a positive aspect to that as well, but I really believe in the power of music to get you through anything, and I think The Haymarket Squares are going to be particularly important in the coming years. Their combination of spry, hard-driving bluegrass—or punkgrass, as they have branded it—and biting satirical lyrics will be a necessary salve for enduring the presidency of he who shall not be named.

The Squares (Mark(c)s Allred, Oxborrow, and Sunman and John Luther) all crammed into the front room of the house and played a couple of tunes that you can hear after our conversation and the sound awesome, so be sure to listen all the way through.

Cheers,

Jared

Links: Listen to LE 23 - The Haymarket Squares | The Squares' Website | Squares on Facebook | Squares on Twitter | Squares on Instagram | Allred Guitars


1.16.2017

Sensitive Man

I don't know if this happens to everyone, maybe it just happens to the emotionally maladjusted, but I find that the older I get, the more things get to me, and I mean eyes-welling get to me. I don't have a problem admitting that—anymore. Occasionally it will be something I'm watching (I was watching an episode of Parenthood the other night that really got to me), but it's typically music. Most of the time it depends on some exterior forces, for instance I was going through a life-changing breakup when I first listened to Chris Cornell's Higher Truth, and I was practically balling through the whole thing. Some songs will catch me when I'm in a particular mood—Dylan's "Simple Twist of Fate" will do that, there are a few Elvis Costello songs—in particular the last verse of "Couldnft Call it Unexpected, No. 4" and "In Another Room" off of the bonus disc for The Delivery Man, "Discipline" and "Walk a Straight Line" by Squeeze, but the one song that seems to hit me hard, no matter what I've got going on, is any live, stripped down acoustic version of "Thunder Road." I don't know how anyone who has struggled with finding their place in the world can listen to that song and not feel something profound. I probably need therapy.

This does, believe it or not, segue into our guest this week. Granted I've concentrated on the songs that have gotten to me on a sad level, although I think there is a positive aspect to that as well, but I really believe in the power of music to get you through anything, and I think The Haymarket Squares are going to be particularly important in the coming years. Their combination of spry, hard-driving bluegrass—or punkgrass, as they have branded it—and biting satirical lyrics will be a necessary salve for enduring the presidency of he who shall not be named.

The Squares (Mark(c)s Allred, Oxborrow, and Sunman and John Luther) all crammed into the front room of the house and played a couple of tunes that you can hear after our conversation and the sound awesome, so be sure to listen all the way through.

Cheers,

Jared

Links: Listen to LE 23 - The Haymarket Squares | The Squares' Website | Squares on Facebook | Squares on Twitter | Squares on Instagram | Allred Guitars