iPod Shuffle: The Trumpet Child

iPod Shuffle: The Trumpet Child

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I've been meaning to start doing posts about music I'm listening to, music that makes up the soundtrack to my life and music that has a story attached. While musing about this, I got together with a good friend this past week for a listening party and mentioned that I'd really been gravitating toward The Trumpet Child, Over the Rhine's 10th studio album. "Me too," she said. As I mentioned a few titles of songs that were high on my list, she found that those were the same ones she was drawn to. This was too good an opportunity to miss, so, without further ado, I give you the first edition of "iPod Shuffle." I fell in love with the Trumpet Child in concert, on the tour for that album. I was a recently converted Over the Rhine fan at the time, and I wasn't sure what to expect from a live show, though I'd heard that they were even better than their studio albums (which made me cry on a regular basis and started taking up all the spare room in my ears). I think the first song they did was "I'm On a Roll" which was dedicated to their sound tech. That song cheers me up on a hard day, boosts me further on a good day and makes me smile the way my knee high boots do.

"Trouble" gives me the same sort of vibe. I love the smoky, flirtacious feel of the song, almost like you're in a little Southern bar in the Golden Age.

"Entertaining Thoughts", "Let's Spend the Day in Bed","Desperate For Love", "Nothing is Innocent" and "Who'm I Kiddin' But Me?" are some of my other highlights on this album filled with sass, unashamed romance, charisma and sophistication. This record is unlike their other recordings (Keisha and I think it's because of the jazzy feel) but still sounds like Over the Rhine. Whether you're new to them or rediscovering an old friend, give The Trumpet Child another listen.

I think you'll be glad you did.