Tag Archives: American music

RIP Nanci Griffith (1953 – 2021)

It’s a Hard Life Wherever You Go” (1989)

Nanci Griffith was an American singer-songwriter working in country, folk, and what she termed “folkabilly.”

She is known for such songs as the anti-war song “From a Distance” (1982) and the anti-racism anthem “It’s a Hard Life Wherever You Go” (1989). That is her socially engaged side, which, as a matter of principle almost, does not interest me very much.

There is another side, the slice-of-life side, represented by her song “Love at the Five and Dime” (1986). This side interests me more, also because the “five and dime” of the title reminds me of Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982) by Robert Altman.

RIP Gift of Gab (1971 – 2021)

Gift of Gab’s Greatest Misses Vol. I Track 7: Way of the Light

Gift of Gab was an American singer-songwriter working in hip hop music.

The Gift of Gab “Everything Is Fine (ft Latyrx & George Clinton)”

MF Doom, who was also born in 1971,  died a couple of months ago. Both him and Gift of Gab were known for their multisyllabic rhymes.

The most inspiring figure in hip hop today is Madlib.

RIP Ellen McIlwaine (1945 – 2021)

Ellen McIlwaine was an American singer-songwriter and musician best known for her career as a solo singer, songwriter and slide guitarist.

“Jimmy Jean”

I discovered her via Life:Styles – Kenny Dope (2003) which features her “Jimmy Jean” song, originally released on the album We The People (1973). The congas you hear are, as far as I know, by Cándido Camero.

Her song “Can’t Find My Way Home” is reminiscent of “You Goin’ Miss Your Candyman” (1968) is a song by Terry Callier.