Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A Toast To the Dying

Lee Hazlewood - Friday's Child

Here's a hard-to-find chestnut from Lee's back catalogue. To me, this is where he really hits his stride. The first couple of albums kind of wear out that spoken intro shtick, so here he sticks to songs. The rest of his career is pretty well variations on the style he found on this one.

The reason for the post, of course, is the release of his new, and most likely final, album. We could all take a lesson from ol' Haze. He's surely dying, kidney cancer gone metastatic. But he had the time to squeeze out one final corker.

Cake or Death is the album that everyone thought Warren Zevon did a couple years ago. It is a fully formed (not perfectly formed, because that would eliminate Lee's greatest charm) statement. A couple of jokes, some looks back over his shoulder, an old debt repaid, then -pow- he goes out with the most bittersweet song about dying I've yet heard. I hope my sorry ass can face the final curtain with the humor and courage of my main man Lee.

Enjoy this one with a scotch on the rocks, maybe a cigar. Then, go buy the new one.

2 comments:

Dr Wommm said...

Damn straight, the man's an example to us all. Good work man.

R3000 said...

Damnit...
It is down already - and I really loved to hear it...