Monday, July 05, 2010

Musical Monday

This coming weekend Jason and I are finally getting to attend a Dave Matthews Band concert together. He's seen them before, but I still have not and we finally were able to secure tickets this year to their show in Pittsburgh before it sold out. They are terrible, terrible seats, but nevertheless, I'm really excited about finally seeing them live. I wouldn't say that I'm a huge fan, but I do like their music and there's no question that they have some of my favorite live recordings of any band. I have little doubt that seeing them live is going to be a real treat.

In preparation for the concert, I've been listening to a fair amount of the band's music, as well as some of Dave Matthews's solo work. One of his solo pieces really caught my ear when I was listening. The song Gravedigger really jumped out at me.

One of the benefits of growing up with my dad is that I always had a steady diet of quality writing sent my way to read. One book that he had me read was the Spoon River Anthology. If you haven't read it, I definitely recommend it. It's a collection of poems written by the dead of the fictional town of Spoon River. I wouldn't say that a lot of poetry has stayed with me over the years, but that particular collection has. And when I heard Gravedigger, I was immediately reminded of that collection. Walking through cemeteries and thinking about the people buried there has always been a bit fascinating to me. What were their lives like? What were their hopes and dreams? What were their families like?

I love this song because it puts some stories to a couple of names and dates on some tombstones. Plus, I love the melody and the way this song builds.


Cyrus Jones 1810 to 1913

Made his great granchildren believe

You could live to a hundred and three

A hundred and three is forever when you're just a little kid

So Cyrus Jones lived forever



Gravedigger

When you dig my grave

Could you make it shallow

So that I can feel the rain

Gravedigger



Muriel Stonewall

1903 to 1954

She lost both of her babies in the second great war

Now you should never have to watch

Your only children lowered in the ground

I mean you should never have to bury your own babies



Gravedigger

When you dig my grave

Could you make it shallow

So that I can feel the rain

Gravedigger



Ring around the rosey

Pocket full of posey

Ashes to ashes

We all fall down



Gravedigger

When you dig my grave

Could you make it shallow

So that I can feel the rain

Gravedigger



Little Mikey Carson 67 to 75

He rode his

Bike like the devil until the day he died

When he grows up he wants to be Mr. Vertigo on the flying trapeze

Ohhh, 1940 to 1992



Gravedigger

When you dig my grave

Could you make it shallow

So that I can feel the rain



Gravedigger

When you dig my grave

Could you make it shallow

So that I can feel the rain

Feel the rain

I can feel the rain

Gravedigger



Gravedigger 


Photobucket
Apothica carries great cosmetic brands including Oscar Blandi hair care! Check out their amazing products!

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Search This Blog

Photobucket
Photobucket

Visit My BlogFrog Community!
Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

My photo
I'm a wife to an amazing man, and mom to four incredible kids. I'm a Christian woman who sometimes struggles with doubt. I'm a musician and a writer who is sometimes afraid to play and write. I'm trying to be more authentic every day.
 
Blog Design by Eight Days Designs