Sunday, May 6, 2012

Supermoon and super songs

I had the good fortune of seeing Roseanne Cash at The Herbst Theatre in San Francisco Saturday. Touring in support of the release of her new  Essentials CD, which seeks to distill her 32-year music career, the show served as a class in impeccable musicianship and song selection. Singing songs from from her most recent albums The List and Black Cadillac, and reaching far back into her catalog for 'Seven Year Ache' and 'I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me,' every song sang was a textbook example of how a great lyric and melody is perhaps best served by a straightforward presentation— she was performing as an acoustic duo with John Leventhal. I was very slightly disappointed that they didn't fit anything from Interiors or The Wheel, her albums from the 1990s that first turned me on to her music, into the set. That said, a great cover of Bobbie Gentry's 'Tallahatchie Bridge' and an encore featuring  The Band's 'The Weight' in tribute to Levon Helm, made up some for those omissions.
Needless to say, the show was too short for my tastes. It also spoiled us for listening to much on the drive home. With a beautiful 'supermoon' hovering over the city and the Bay, we couldn't find anything on the radio that didn't seem to taint our re-educated ears.

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