Love Changes Everything
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Audio CD, August 22, 2012
One Just Man (Rathje) 3:17
Pick Poor Robin Clean (trad.) 2:54
Where the Soul of Man Never Dies (trad.) 4:00
Shakespeare (Rathje) 3:19
Love Changes Everything (Rathje) 5:14
Lamkin (trad.) 3:27
Walking in My Sleep (Rathje) 4:20
Who’s Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot? (trad.) 2:25
Woe is the Way (Rathje) 3:33
Character Sketches (Rathje) 3:39
Total running time, 36:10
“Love Changes Everything” is six original songs and four works from tradition. The original work is satirical, plaintive, bluesy and country by turns. “Love Changes Everything” is a country ballad of renewal and rebirth. “Shakespeare,” “One Just Man,” and “Character Sketches” have a more satirical edge, with slide guitar leads. “Woe is the Way” is the bluesiest track.
“Where the Soul of Man Never Dies” is country gospel, and “Who’s Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot?” features bluegrass-style harmony. “Pick Poor Robin Clean” is early ragtime string blues, drawn from the work of Luke Jordan (1892–1952), an American blues guitarist and vocalist. He recorded the song for Victor Records in 1927.
“Lamkin” is my folk-rock adaptation of a Child Ballad, about a skilled mason “disappointed of his pay and seeking revenge” (Bronson, The Singing Tradition of Child’s Popular Ballads).
Dean Rathje: voices, guitars, dobro, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, piano, bass.
© 2012 Dean Rathje
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