Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Blue House Indeed
We started yesterday with an old song; today we hear a new one. Towards the end of his life, Scot came to feel fortunate indeed to live here in Bloomington, Indiana, where we are thick with musicians. Scot regularly played with a whole host of A-list musicians.
Twice a week, he met with our neighbor, John Williams--sometime here in our basement, sometimes out in John’s barn. Their musical collaboration became known as Plank Road, a quasi-jug band duo. The association between John and Scot was a rich one. John was with me here when Scot passed.
Today’s recording, “Blue House”, was made in Jerry Farnsworth’s Bethel Lane studio. You’ll be hearing a lot more from Jerry Farnsworth later. I picked this track because the mix so beautifully captures Scot’s bass, which was very much a lead instrument in this ensemble.
Scot and John went on to write many songs together, but “Blue House” is John’s. John has one of those voices that are just startlingly authentic and his lyrics are pure poetry.
Today's artwork is another recent piece of art. Scot had an alphabet of symbols. Already we see a couple.