“Girl In the War”
Posted by purplemary54 on August 9, 2015
If you’re not listening to Josh Ritter, then what the fuck is wrong with you? You don’t like sublimely good, emotional, intelligent music? If that’s the case, go away. I want nothing more to do with you.
And I’d now like to apologize for those lines. I don’t really want you to go anywhere, and you really do have the right not to enjoy Ritter’s music (but I’m going to question your taste just a little if you don’t). I’m just kind of hyped up right now. I just reserved myself a spot to see this wonderful singer-songwriter at Fingerprints in Long Beach, and on a scale of one to ten, my excitement level is something like 1,000.
I think I first found out about Josh Ritter from a review in Rolling Stone. Or it might have been a piece on NPR one morning where they played a couple clips from songs. However it was, I promptly forgot about him until I was browsing in a soon-to-close Tower Records one afternoon. They had what was at the time his newest release, The Animal Years, at one of the listening stations so I cued it up. “Girl in the War” was the first track, and I listened to the whole song right there in the store. I sampled a few others (including the outstanding “Wolves”), and promptly added the disc to my pile of purchases. I haven’t looked back since. I’ve posted a couple of Ritter’s songs before, but if he’s new to you, please discover him the same way I did. I’m pretty sure you won’t be sorry.