A few weeks back now, JVG’s theme for the RRR radio show was ‘bodies of water that evoke memories/emotion’.
Yep, quite a theme – thanks Jon!
One of the most astounding songs I’ve ever heard that incorporates water and memory and metaphor is John Prine’s Lake Marie. I was lucky enough to see John perform the song live at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne (thanks to my mate Gerard). I remember on that night, another muso mate – James Kenyon – was sitting not far from me, in the front row. I remember James’s head swaying through the gig, and that he was wearing a green trucker’s hat with ‘Lake Marie’ printed on the front of it.
So, we gave the song a go on the show – sounds a bit weird with my Australian accent. Vale John Prine. What a writer. D
Lake Marie: Bass – Nathan Farrelly; Lap steel – Ed Bates; Accordion and BVs – Dave Evans; Guitar & Vocal – Dan Warner
As Pumpy was away that Sunday – we played a bonus track: Nanci Griffith’s Banks of the Pontchartrain…
Banks of the Pontchartrain: Bass – Nathan Farrelly; Lap steel – Ed Bates; Accordion and BVs – Dave Evans; Mandolin and vocal – Greg Field; Guitar & Vocal – Dan Warner
This is the sole release of the celebrated Melbourne 90s duo – Dan Warner and Al MacInnes. Dan & Al were known for their long residencies at The Punters Club, The Corner and The Great Britain.
All the tracks are single takes, recorded either live at a gig or live in the studio.
This week, JVG’s theme for the radio show was ‘Wisdom’.
I wrote this song years ago, ‘She Remembers Everything’, about a person who is spending some time in a kind of emotional cocoon – mulling things over, learning from experience – so it seemed the right kind of song for the theme.
As the band was playing another song with Georgie on the day, I thought I’d bash this one out alone. Took both Jon and me back to the early days of the show, in the late 90s, when I’d perform solo each week. Over 20 years ago!