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To start: a big congratulations to my sister, Dr. Nomi, who I was very proud to watch receive her Ph.D in political theory from Yale this weekend.


Townes Van Zandt - "Texas River Song"

Van Zandt plays guitar effortlessly and playfully; his attack is light and his arrangements are paths winding in unexpected directions. His voice is simultaneously immanent and transcendent; something of the earth and something of the sky.

Imagine a dry country, a refreshing canteen. A cowboy rides happily, leaving behind a hint of a yodel. [Buy]


The Cay - "Untitled"

Just to let you know what my band's up to: This is a rough mix of a song we just recorded with Dave Draves at Little Bullhorn in Ottawa. It's still very much a work in progress. More to come once we're finished.

Posted by Jordan at May 26, 2005 3:25 AM

I've been hoping you'd put up some more Cay tunes, ever since the 'Hey Lady' posts that you and Sean both did. This new one is v. pretty indeed.

Posted by Kevin at May 26, 2005 9:50 AM

btw, townes' rear-view mirror has more heart and soul than all his studio stuff. he seemed to come alive playing in a bar.

Posted by matt at May 26, 2005 10:31 AM

Very nice track Jordan. The more music I hear coming out of Little Bullhorn, the more I like it. Dave Draves is pretty killer at what he does. I can't wait to hear more of The Cay!

Posted by Chris at May 26, 2005 5:12 PM

Hey Jordan,

Good song, man.
Hope to see you.
In Toronto.


Posted by Roger From Toronto at May 26, 2005 8:37 PM

ahhh, jordan, its lonely in nyc so far form the cay...thanks for posting it, man. and what a beautiful track to wake up to in the morning.

Posted by dov at May 26, 2005 10:36 PM

great job on the van zandt, a lot of those seventies progressive country songwriters (townes, willis alan ramsey, etc.) really dont get their due these days

Posted by colinm at May 28, 2005 12:09 AM

This Cay track is great. I've never heard any of your stuff before. I'm glad to see you can not only discuss music, but you make it as well.

Keep it up.

Posted by Aaron at June 1, 2005 5:52 PM

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