This month I've had two quite different artists on my mind. First Kirsten intrigued me with her Warren Zevon (that link goes to a rather stiff biography; I enjoyed reading the treatment Acid Logic gave him much more) song of the day posts; then, not content with that, she actually infected me with zevonophile spores. And, oh my, how they've taken hold! Kirsten gave me the self-titled 1976 release Warren Zevon and his final release, The Wind, both of which get regular play.
There's a lot that can be said about Zevon's lyrics and the inspiration for them. I'm not familiar enough with his life and music to go into all that; instead I'll simply say that I greatly enjoy his wry, often penetrating lyrical insights and the music he wraps around them. From Warren Zevon, I like Frank and Jesse James, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, and Desperadoes Under the Eaves. Oh, and his interpretation of Poor Poor Pitiful Me puts Linda Ronstadt's to shame. This is a very fine studio release, and if it's indicative of what I'll find on others, I simply must have more.
But I like The Wind much, much better—it has a more intimate feel to it. Even though most of the songs were recorded in studio, none have an overly handled feel to them. The sound is evocative of some guys—and what guys they are! The credits list is deep with successful musicians—coming over, setting up in the living room, and putting on a show. In part because of that casual, intimate sound, I like every track here. The opening line of the first track, Dirty Life and Times—
Sometimes I feel like my shadow's casting me—never fails to tickle my wordsmith's fancy. Disorder in the House is an apt political commentary for our times, and as such keeps me from taking umbrage at his denigration of
reptile wisdom. (Well, okay, it isn't really denigration—we reptiles aren't known for being big of brain.) She's Too Good for Me is a poignant, mature look at failed love that's mostly sung in Zevon's lovely higher register; and what woman wouldn't want to have inspired El Amor de mi Vida—
The Love of my Life?: