Josh’s Musings – Red Headed Stranger

Willie Nelson – Red Headed Stranger: 2 stars

Precon: My Willie prejudice is always that he’s boring. I haven’t heard much of him at all, so I admit that’s totally unfounded, but that’s what I think of, just some cowboy hippie strummin’ and wailin’ and me not really caring. The fugitive concept is interesting though.

Favorite Track: Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
Least Favorite: Can I Sleep in Your Arms?

I was hoping my uninformed judgements of Willie would be dead wrong, but they were mostly right. I just find him boring. If I wanted to put a positive spin on it, I would say that his music is soothing, but even that placid, drifting-off-around-a-campfire vibe is frequently disrupted when his voice hits an annoying pitch. I do like his voice at certain times, like on Blue Eyes, where it’s very expressive. The ragtimey piano was fun, but bordering on funny, which might not be good. Also, the concept didn’t do all that much for me. Don’t think I’ll be listening to this again unless I need to go to sleep.

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Record Club began in the cold, dank, snowmageddon scene that was New England of January 2011. We’re probably no different than you. We all work in cubicles, some in smaller, less private cubicles than others; that just means we have to be even sneakier about how we listen to our music. But we have to listen to our music, mostly as a way of saving our own personal sanity. Sometimes our opinions lead us to debates that may or may not be published in their entirety on this site, but I can promise you’ll at least get a glimpse of the way our minds work. The main goal is to find new music we like or find old music that we didn’t know we liked. Sometimes we succeed, sometimes it’s a total and complete disaster. After our ears have rejoiced or stopped bleeding we try something else. This is our pattern, every Tuesday and Thursday. Sometimes, when the club isn’t officially in session, just to keep everyone on their toes, we throw in a theme day. We’re beginning to run low on our original list, so please, if you have albums that you’d like us to review or themes that you’d like to see our playlist of, feel free to contribute. After all, we’re all in this together once we punch the time clock. So if you’re busy (or just plain bored) lurking in your cubicle as you read this join in. After all, life wasn’t meant to be lived staring at a computer screen. I guarantee you, it’s at least more fun when you plug the headphones in.


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