MARCY TIGNER Trombone (1975)

Trombone (1975)
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. It’s actually 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)


  • Anonymous
    October 13, 2007 - 12:12 | Permalink

    I thought, at first glance, that this was a joke. I have to say I was wrong. Very moving and beautiful music. Thank you.

  • Capt. Willard
    November 10, 2010 - 14:51 | Permalink

    Find it HERE.

  • Anxious Mo-Fo
    November 11, 2010 - 12:30 | Permalink

    Mate, it's "WFMU" — the pride of Jersey City! Along with KCRW, the best radio station evah!

  • Capt. Willard
    November 11, 2010 - 14:08 | Permalink

    Thanks for the catch. It ran for three years without anyone noting it.

  • Blank Frank
    November 11, 2010 - 17:57 | Permalink

    OK I checked it out and it seems to be like a cross between an early 50's film soundtrack and a sort of religious lounge music. It made me think of what it was like to be one of her kids. Whew! Trombones for Jesus!

  • Capt. Willard
    November 11, 2010 - 22:05 | Permalink

    Weird, huh?

  • miles
    November 15, 2010 - 04:25 | Permalink

    i'll bite on this. it was your description of "mournful, longing arrangements that wouldn't be out of place on a sinking luxury liner" that sold me. thanks captain.

  • Dave Wollenberg
    July 14, 2013 - 19:55 | Permalink

    Is there any video of Marcy playin’ her trombone? It’s 1 thing to see her holdin’ it, but, it quite somethin’ else to see an actual picture of her playin’ it. Any pictures of her doin’ so?

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