This One’s In The Ear Of The Beholder
This oddity comes from the world’s greatest blog dedicated to the bizarre, WFMU’s Beware Of The Blog. WFMU was my introduction to blogs, before even knowing it was one, and even inspired the idea of putting MP3 players on these pages. In case you haven’t got months to get lost inside WFMU’s site (and insight), we’ve taken the liberty to swipe this, with the caveat that you experience WFMU for yourself.
The cover of Marcy Tigner’s Trombone may seem like a campy gag, guaranteed to tease expectations about what a ‘gospel music-on-trombone’ album might sound like. Listen for yourself below. The inspiration is Gospel, but the acute instrumental blend of organ, violin & trombone somehow creates a tangible melancholy that hangs in the air long after the album is over. Mournful, longing arrangements that wouldn’t be out of place on a sinking luxury liner. Not unlike ’20s or ’30s film score music, in parts. During “Close To Thee,” I kept expecting Tom Waits to saunter up and chime in (illustrating how much Waits uses mutated gospel to underscore his tales). “Oh, How I Love Jesus” brings to mind some distant Jersey carnival with wheezing accordions – and what sounds like a Wurlitzer skating rink organ – fronted by Marcy’s tender trombone. Not all of it is as priceless, but it all comes from the same place, which is lovely and sincere. Actually… it’s quite beautiful.
My Jesus, I Love Thee (2:55)
Close To Thee (2:36)
Jesus Is All The World To Me (3:08)
Saviour, Thy Dying Love (3:02)
Abide With Me (2:33)
No Longer Lonely (2:32)
All That Thrills My Soul (2:17)
Oh, How I Love Jesus (1:27)
Harbored In Jesus (2:56)
We Shall See His Lovely Face (2:46)
Near To The Heart of God (2:21)
Day By Day (2:37)