An Interminable Exercise
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Jon-Rae and the River - "Roll"

Upon first listening:

0:00 - 0:25 - Bob Seger, dubiousness.

0:26 - 0:30 - Motor sounds, continued dubiousness.

0:31 - 1:25 - The Band's a good band. Did you guys ever notice that Rick Danko looked exactly like a jellyfish when he played bass? Can this music really hold my interest for the next four minutes?

1:26 - 1:27 - Someone tell the man in the back of the studio that, though we understand that this music excites him, it's impolite to yell while the recording's in progress.

1:28 - 1:52 - Hello, frenetic duelling guitar/keys solos. What a pleasant surprise. Oh, you can only stay for fifteen seconds? That's too bad. Do come back any time.

1:53 - 1:54 - Drum fill.

1:55 - 2:54 - Nothing against Levon Helm, but I never really understood the concept of profundity until I heard Rick Danko take that verse in "The Weight" ("Crazy Chester..."). Dubiousness has melted away, enthusiasm grown up in its place. How much of my dubiousness had to do with the fact that I was reading In Dubious Battle up until this verse, we'll never know. My enthusiasm, on the other hand, was almost certainly caught from Jon-Rae and the River - all of whom should be quarantined, so infectious is their own enthusiasm.

2:55 - 3:35 - Jon-Rae's lyrics betray an unhealthy fixation on rolling. But to where?

3:36 - end - To a party at Tina Turner's house. Bob Seger's there, The Band, a Stax horn section, a hippie with a bongo - everyone's dancing their brains out.


Posted by Jordan at November 17, 2006 4:03 PM

Like a jellyfish, eh? I remember reading once that someone described him as looking like he could swing Coit Tower.

Posted by Tyler at November 17, 2006 8:34 PM

I saw these guys in Waterloo and bought their CD at the show. It was a little disappointing only because they were amazing in concert and the CD sounded dull by comparison. I can't wait to see them again though.

Posted by RRRob at November 20, 2006 12:33 AM

Their new album isn't the best they've put out, but it's still a pretty solid listen. Old Songs for the New Town and The Road are both amazing albums, though. Neither really replicates their live show, but if you're looking for some solid country jams, those are the ones you should check out.

Posted by Julian at November 20, 2006 3:27 PM

Thanks for the post. I've been looking for some music files of Jon Rae and the River since rocking out to them at their recent show in Kingston. Cheers!

Posted by Kilometres at November 23, 2006 12:00 AM

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