i received a package in the post yesterday. i love reaching into the dark abyss of empty mail-space and feeling something other than glossy ads and credit card applications. it felt manila. sure enough, it was a padded yellowish envelope. the return address said "paste music" and so i knew what it was.
inside was a little plastic disc encoded with 13 songs by over the rhine. i had pre-ordered it months ago and it finally arrived. its called 'live from nowhere: volume 2."
i love over the rhine.
upon first listen, i wasn't blown away by the music. it is a kind of collection of a variety of their songs from different albums arranged in different ways or performed live. most of the tunes seemed good not great. there are a couple songs i have never heard of before, and one i just didn't like. but, and this is a huge but, track # 10 is 'orphan girl,' a song originally written by one gillian welch and also recorded by emmylou harris on her fantastic cd 'wrecking ball.' anyway, the first time i ever saw over the rhine live, at grove city college probably 10 years ago, they did this song. i have never heard them play it since on any recording or at any concert. but here it is in all its beauty with karin singing like she means it when she says, "i have no mother i have no father i have no sisters i have no brothers, i am an orphan girl." (when i sing along, i always say 'orphan child,' so as to be gender-neutral).
so, i just wanted to share my postal bliss with you.