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The Crossing - February 2010

Sing with me and Lou-ie (Louis Armstrong):

"Oh when the Saints go marching in. Oh when the Saints go marching in. Lord, I want to be in that number. Oh when the Saints go marching in." (traditional.)

Hey, I admit it. No bag to wear over this head. I have been rooting on the New Orleans Saints, formerly the Aints, since 1983 when I lived in the New Orleans area (Slidell) as a young teenager. My family had moved down there for a couple of years and the football Cardinals, formerly of the St. Louis area, weren't so good at the time and frankly the Saints weren't so good either, but I figured I would have two horses in the race and adopted the Saints as my second team. Turns out they were the first of the two teams to win a Super Bowl. Of course, I am also a Rams fan, but currently they are known as the team that shall not be named for obvious reasons. Boy, are they bad. But, no matter. The Saints are the talk of the nation in recent days and their sweet victory over the Indianapolis Colts should give just a small glimmer of hope as to things to come for the fair Crescent City in the days ahead. Hey, it can't hurt. And something tells me, Peyton Manning will have his day in the sun once again.

GO SAINTS!!!

From one musically enriched city to one musically enriched list.

Recently released and not mentioned in last edition:

* Joe Firstman - El Porto
* Beach House - Teen Dream
* Day of Fire - Losing All
* Harlem Parlour Music Club - Salt of the Earth
* Kasey Anderson - Nowhere Nights
* Terry Joyce - Kitchen Radio
* Tim Barry - 28th and Stonewall
* Jon Dee Graham - It's Not As Bad As It Looks
* Peter O'Brien - Junked Cars & Beat Up Guitars
* Gun - Popkiller (EP.) 
* The Cranberries - Bualadh Bos: Live
* New Found Glory - S/T (Deluxe edition.)

2/2

* Monolake - Silence
* Midlake - The Courage of Others
* Album Leaf - A Chorus of Storytellers
* The Anchors - Music from the Future
* The Soft Pack - S/T
+ Amelia
+ Zombieland
+ New York, I Love You
+ Casblanca (Blu-ray.)
+ Mystic River (Blu-ray.)

2/9

* Allison Moorer - Crows
* Lynn Miles - Black Flowers (2 CD's.)
* Sade - Soldier of Love
* Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here
* Shannon Curfman - What You're Getting Into
* Meg Hutchinson - The Living Side
* Yeasayer - Odd Blood
* Watson Twins - Talking to You, Talking to Me
* Massive Attack - Heligoland
* Hot Chip - One Life Stand
* Galactic - Ya-Ka-May
* Luther Allison - Songs from the Road (CD/DVD.)
* HIM - Screamworks
* The Forecast - S/T
* A Broken Consort - Crow Autumn
* ALO - Man of the World
* The Buckinghams - Up Close
* Essence of Mind - Try and Fail
* Helalyn Flowers - Stitches of Eden
* Fair - Disappointing World
* Phantogram - Eyelid Movies
* Crack the Sky - Machine
* Fear Factory - Mechanize
* Overkill - Ironbound
* Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds - Live in Las Vegas
* K.D. Land - Recollection: Best of
* Valentine's Day soundtrack
* Brian Jonestown Massacre - a few reissues
* The Buzzcocks - a few reissues
* Trouble - a few reissues
* David Bowie - S/T (Deluxe edition.)
+ Couples Retreat
+ A Serious Man (Coen Bros.)
+ The Stepfather
+ My One and Only
+ The Time Traveler's Wife

2/16

* Peter Gabriel - Scratch My Back (Covers project.)
* The Pretenders - Live in London (CD/DVD.)
* Jim Campilongo - Orange
* Juliana Hatfield - Peace and Love
* Adam Green - Minor Love
* Robert Pollard - We All Got Out of the Army
* Story of the Year - Constant
* Angels & Airwaves - Love
* Field Music - S/T
* Backyard Tire Fire - Good To Be
* Tindersticks - Falling Down a Mountain
* Gentle Friendly - Ride Slow
* Lightspeed Champion - Life is Sweet
* Miracle Condition - S/T
* Wide Eye Panic - Modus Operandi
* The Errors - Come Down With Me
* Solas - The Turning Tide
* Preservation Hall Jazz Band - Preservation
* The Bee Gees - Mythology (4 CD box set.)
* Frank Turner - two reissues
+ Coco Before Chanel
+ Good Hair
+ Law Abiding Citizen
+ Goodfellas (Blu-ray.)

2/23

* Johnny Cash - American VI: Ain't No Grave
* Will Kimbrough - Wings
* Sean McCann - Lullabies for Bloodshot Eyes (Member of Great Big Sea.)
* Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me
* Carrie Newcomer - Before & After
* Daniel Merriweather - Love & War
* Jack Rose - Luck in the Valley
* Josh Thompson - Way Out Here
* Holly Miranda - Magician's Private Library
* The Rocket Summer - Of Men and Angels
* The Streets - Computers and Blues
* Shearwater - The Golden Archipelago
* Past Lives - Tapestry of Webs
* The Shout Out Louds - Work
* Deadstring Brothers - Sao Paulo
* Joy Kills Sorrow - Darkness Sure Becomes this City
* David Broza - Night Dawn
* Clem Snide - The Meat of Life
* Crime in Stereo - I Was Trying to Describe You
* Efterklang - Magic Chairs
* Eluvium - Similes
* The Alkaline Trio - This Addiction
* High On Fire - Snakes for the Divine
* Was (Not Was) - Pick of the Litter: 1980-2010
* Julian Cope - Peggy Suicide (Deluxe edition.)
* Testament - The Formation of Damnation
* Keel - Streets of Rock and Roll
+ The September Issue
+ Sorority Row
+ The Informant
+ Cirque du Freak: the Vampire's Assistant
+ The Box
+ Everybody's Fine
+ Paris

3/2

* Black 47 - Bankers and Gangsters
* Lifehouse - Smoke & Mirrors
* Little Boots - Hands
* John Hiatt - The Open Road
* Flogging Molly - Live at the Greek Theater (2 CD's/1 DVD.)
* The Whigs - In the Dark
* Rogue Wave - Permalight
* Athlete - Black Swan
* Dust From 1,000 Years - Marble Memo
* Owen Pallett - Heartland
* Ruby Suns - Fight Softly
* A Weather - Everyday Balloons
* Shooter Jennings - Black Ribbons
* Altan - 25th Anniversary Celebration
+ Five Iron Frenzy - The Rise and Fall of... (2 DVD's.)
+ Where The Wild Things Are
+ Ponyo
+ 2012
+ The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
+ The Beaches of Agnes
+ Clash of the Titans (Blu-ray.)
+ The Neverending Story (Blu-ray.)

3/9

* Jimi Hendrix - Valleys of Neptune (Unreleased final sessions) and many Deluxe reissues.
* Amy MacDonald - A Curious Thing
* Patty Larkin - 25
* Giant - Promise Land
* Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
* Serj Tankian - Elect the Dead: Symphony
* Frightened Rabbit - Winter of Mixed Drinks
* The Bundles - S/T
* Aloha - Home Acres
* Besnard Lakes - Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night
* Alberta Cross - The Broken Side of Time
* The Method Actors - This Is Still It
* Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - The Brutalist Bricks
* Miles Kurosky - The Desert of Shallow Effects
* Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Beat the Devil's Tattoo
* Ben Harper - Live from the Montreal International Jazz Festival
* Julie Fowlis - Uam
* Josh Rouse - El Turrista
* Broken Bells - S/T
* White Hinterland - Kairos
* Liars ­ Sisterworld
* Acrassicauda ­ Only the Dead See the End of the War (EP; Iraqi metal band seen in the documentary `Heavy Metal in Baghdad'.)
* Pavement - Quarantine the Past: Best of and a few reissues
+ Jimi Hendrix - Live at Woodstock (Blu-ray.)
+ The Chieftains & Ry Cooder - San Patricio (CD/DVD.)
+ Precious
+ Capitalism: A Love Story
+ The Stoning of Soraya M.
+ Planet 51
+ Old Dogs
+ The Kids are Alright (Blu-ray.)

3/16

* The Drive By Truckers - The Big To-Do
* Flobots - Survival Story
* The White Stripes - Under Great White Northern Lights: Live (CD/DVD.)
* Graham Parker - Imaginary Television
* Gin Wigmore - Holy Smoke
* Brad Mehldau - Highway Rider
* The Dropkick Murphys - Live on Landsdowne, Boston, MA
* Aiden - Live in Chicago (CD/DVD.)
* Uriah Heep - Celebration
* Armored Saint - La Raza
* Fates Warning - Parallels (2 CD/1 DVD Deluxe reissue.)
+ The Princess and the Frog
+ Broken Embraces
+ Astroboy
+ Bandslam
+ Armored
+ The Fourth Kind

3/20

+ The Twilight Saga: New Moon

3/23

* She & Him - Volume Two
* Joe Bonamassa - Black Rock
* Dillinger Escape Plan - Option Paralysis
* Jonsi Birgisson - Go
* Sanctuary - Refuge Denied/Into the Mirror Black (reissues.)
* The Scorpions - Sting in the Tail (Import.)
+ The Fantastic Mr. Fox
+ The Men Who Stare at Goats
+ Brothers
+ Toy Story 1 & 2 (Blu-ray.)
+ The African Queen (Blu-ray.)

3/30

* Edwin McCain - Best of
* The Barenaked Ladies - All In Good Time
* Black Francis - Nonstop Erotik
* Amy Grant - Somewhere Down the Road
+ Sherlock Holmes
+ An Education
+ The Baader Meinhof Complex
+ Alvin & the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel
+ Alice in Wonderland (1951 animated Disney film.)
+ Under the Sea: IMAX-3D

4/6

* Natalie Merchant - Leave Your Sleep
* The BoDeans - Mr. Sad Clown
* Jakob Dylan - Women and Country
* Peter Wolf - Midnight Souvenirs
* David Byrne and Fatboy Slim - Here Lies Love
* The Cure - Disintegration (20th anniversary edition.)

4/13

* Jeff Beck - Emotion & Commotion
* Helloween - Unarmed: Best of
* Willie Nelson - Country Music
+ Pirate Radio

4/20

* The Break - Church of the Open Sky (3 Midnight Oil members and 1 Violent Femmes member.)
* Caribou - Swim
* Ratt - Infestation
* AC/DC - Iron Man 2 soundtrack
+ The Young Victoria
+ Summer Hours
+ The Horse Boy

4/27

* Mary Chapin Carpenter - Age of Miracles
* The Deftones - TBA
* Melissa Etheridge - Fearless Love
+ The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
+ Five Minutes of Heaven
+ The White Ribbon

5/4

* Josh Ritter - So Runs the World Away
* The New Pornographers - Together
* Broken Social Scene - TBA

LYRICS of the MONTH:

Two songs adopted by the 2010 Super Bowl Champion, New Orleans Saints.
 
 "I cried to my daddy on the telephone, How long now
 Til the clouds unroll and you come home, The line went
 But the shadows still remain since your descent, Your descent
 
 I cried to my daddy on the telephone, How long now
 Til the clouds unroll and you come home, The line went
 But the shadows still remain since your descent, Your descent
 
 The saints are coming, the saints are coming
 I say no matter how I try, I realize there's no reply
 The saints are coming, the saints are coming
 I say no matter how I try, I realize there's no reply

 A drowning sorrow floods the deepest grief, How long now
 Til a weather change condemns belief, The storm sails
 This paternal guide once had his day, Once had his day
 
 The saints are coming, the saints are coming
 I say no matter how I try, I realize there's no reply
 The saints are coming, the saints are coming
 I say no matter how I try, I realize there's no reply
 I say no matter how I try, I realize there's no reply
 I say no matter how I try, I realize there's no reply."

Richard Jobson and Stuart Adamson (The Skids), the song `The Saints are Coming' appeared on the album _Scared To Dance_ in 1979.

`The Saints are Coming' was later performed live in September 2006 on Monday Night Football by both U2 and Green Day performing together.

And:

"We are traveling in the footsteps
Of those who've gone before,
And we'll all be reunited,
On a new and sunlit shore,

Oh, when the saints go marching in
Oh, when the saints go marching in
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the saints go marching in

And when the sun refuse to shine
And when the sun refuse to shine
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the sun refuse to shine

And when the moon turns red with blood
And when the moon turns red with blood
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the moon turns red with blood

Oh, when the trumpet sounds its call
Oh, when the trumpet sounds its call
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the trumpet sounds its call

Some say this world of trouble,
Is the only one we need,
But I'm waiting for that morning,
When the new world is revealed.

Oh When the new world is revealed
Oh When the new world is revealed
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the new world is revealed

Oh, when the saints go marching in
Oh, when the saints go marching in
Lord, how I want to be in that number
When the saints go marching in."

(Traditional; sung and arranged in many different ways), the song "When the Saints Go Marching In" was, in part, made famous by New Orleans native Louis Armstrong's version first recorded in the 1930's.

Spring is just around the corner.
See you in March.

Chris Barlow
cbcrossing@yahoo.com
 

 

 
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