Tuesday, October 6, 2015

“Homecoming” by Josh Ritter – A Song Review

     Last month, Josh Ritter uncovered another song from the upcoming album, “Sermon on the Rocks,” and we added another song that made the third quarter of 2015 a great three-month period to track developments in music. “Homecoming” is an attractive combination of piano, bass drum, interesting lyrics and soothing vocals. We were hooked even before the short burst of vocal layering that occurs at the 2:50 mark. And how is that sound generated at various times – the one that fits well, but is similar to the sound made by an inexpensive pair of shoes? For example, it is heard with a two-second periodicity starting at the 1:54 mark.

     John Ritter is from Moscow, Idaho. The members are Josh Ritter, Zack Hickman, Sam Kassirer, Josh Kaufman and Liam Hurley. They are currently on tour. Importantly, Josh Ritter and The Royal City Band will visit San Francisco in January 2016. Tour dates are included in this post.
     “Homecoming” by Josh Ritter

Website: http://www.joshritter.com/

Lyrics to Homecoming
I feel a change in the weather,
I feel a change in me,
The days are getting shorter
And the birds begin to leave.
Even me, yes, yes, y'all,
Who has been so long alone,
I'm headed home,
Headed home

The nights are getting colder now,
And the air is getting crisp,
Our first taste of the universe on a night like this,
A box of wine, an alibi, and the hunger in her eyes,
In the place where the tree of good and evil still resides,
Still resides

Homecoming, homecoming,

She said "show me what you got, babe,
I'm not like other girls",
Just give me your bad self and a place for us to make a stand
And I can move the world
Lift the valley from the floor, honey,
It'll turn to the sky,
They'll say that it's a miracle and you'll know damn well they're right,
Damn well they're right

Homecoming, homecoming,
Homecoming, homecoming.

(Hey now)
When the oracle spoke to me she was like a roadside song, (Don't go away now)
Do unto others as you would have them do,
Even if in turn they do you wrong, (Hey now)
This town right here is my everything,
Though I've been torn away, (Don't go away now)

It has my heart,
It has my heart,
Be still my heart,
My heart is still, (Hey now)
My heart is still,
My heart is still, (Don't go away now)

Get just a little bit higher,
Get a little tongue tied,
Gonna try to find whatever in the meantime,
That kind of immemorial,
That time before the fall,
That time before the Autumn really turned the corner,
Drive east of Eden,
'Till we start to feel the west,
You were never far from nowhere,
You could see it from the edge of town,
Honey, baby, wonder how it feels now,
Somehow I can't believe that it could feel like before, but,

The air's getting colder now,
The nights are getting crisp,
I first tasted the universe on a night like this,
An alibi, a box of wine, and the hunger in her eyes,
In the place where the tree of good and evil still resides,


October 10—Boulder, CO—Macky Auditorium*
October 11—Boise, ID—The Record Exchange (in-store performance)
October 12—Seattle, WA—Easy Street Records (in-store performance)
October 14—Long Beach, CA—Fingerprints (in-store performance)
October 19—Boston, MA—The Sinclair (SOLD OUT)
October 20—Portland, ME—Port City Music Hall
October 21—Northampton, MA—The Academy
October 22—Brooklyn, NY—Rough Trade (SOLD OUT)
October 24—Easton, MD—Avalon Theatre 
October 25—Pittsburgh, PA—Mr. Smalls
October 26—Washington, DC—Lincoln Theatre (SOLD OUT)
*with the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra

January 14—Austin, TX—The Moody Theater
January 15—Dallas, TX—Granada Theatre
January 17—Tucson, AZ—Rialto Theatre
January 18—San Diego, CA—North Park Theatre
January 19—Los Angeles, CA—The Fonda Theatre
January 20—San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore
January 21—San Francisco, CA—The Fillmore
January 22—Portland, OR—Revolution Hall
January 23—Portland, OR—Revolution Hall
January 24—Seattle, WA—Moore Theatre
January 27—Minneapolis, MN—Pantages Theatre
January 28—Madison, WI—Barrymore Theatre
January 29—Chicago, IL—Riviera Theater
February 16—Toronto, ON—The Phoenix
February 17—South Burlington, VT—Higher Ground
February 18—New Haven, CT—College Street Music Hall
February 19—Boston, MA—House of Blues
February 20—New York, NY—Beacon Theatre
February 21—Philadelphia, PA—Union Transfer
February 23—Washington, DC—9:30 Club
February 25—Durham, NC—Caroline Theatre
February 26—Atlanta, GA—Terminal West
February 27—Nashville, TN—Cannery Ballroom
February 28—Louisville, KY—Headliners Music Hall

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