Mixtape #2: An Eager Boy Carving The Pacific County Line
by Andrew Patterson
Where the last one gets quieter, this one gets sadder as it goes on. It’s starts off well and good, bouncy and hopeful and then somehow it get’s to Jackson C. Frank, one of the more depressive music personalities of the 1960’s. The song featured on this tape is one of those gems that people often associate with cover versions, but the original is the finest I’ve heard. According to Wikipedia it’s been covered by: Simon and Garfunkel, Sandy Denny and Nick Drake, and later by Bert Jansch, Counting Crows, John Mayer, Colin Meloy and Laura Marling. To that incredible/horrifying list, I’ll add Jef Jef (who played guitar in one of my first love’s in the Halifax music scene, Special Noise). He did a great version this past summer at The North Street Church.
Anyways, more about this tape. It includes:
An insta-classic from Halifax’s unsung, premier one-man-band Mean Wind.
A blissful song from The Shadows, a recent obsession of mine. Quality instrumental guitar pop.
A live track from one of the greatest musicians of all-time, Ahmad Jamal. Apparently he was a huge influence on Miles Davis. He’s one of those players who makes you ‘hear the silence’ (as snobby as that sounds). He is an impeccable combination of complexity and accessibility: