The Music of Loudon Wainright III and Kate McGarrigle
Recently I've been listening to songs from this irreverent, funny, earthy, and sometimes just plain touching American singer and prolific songwriter. Since it's spring, it's time for a little housecleaning of taste, a little exploration, a little sharing. This man's songs touch all parts available for touching; his music ranges all over the gamut of human feeling and goes where most are afraid to. I just listened to his History album and found it very tasty. I'm offering one song from that which I especially like called Handful of Dust, but you could do a lot worse than listen to Loudon's complete oeuvre. The funny faces he performs with are a bonus and if you want to see them go to youtube and do a search. You'll find plenty of choice there, both for songs and faces.
A Handful Of Dust - Loudon Wainwright III
Coincidentally, Loudon was married to one of my favourite singer-songwriters of all time, Kate McGarrigle, who with her sister Anna, wrote the ascendant Heartbeats Accelerating album (Private Music 1990) , maybe my favourite album of all time. French-Canadian influenced melodies, pure voices, musicianship of the first order, and lyrics that spring tender and true from two knowing hearts. One of my favourites from that album is the touching and sad I Eat Dinner about the end of love. Leonard Cohen wrote, "Dance me to the end of love". With Kate it's more of a sweet, sad, last waltz.