I adore The Black Crowes. They are my absolute favorite dirty hippies. (And I mean that with great affection.) I own every album. I know (almost) every lyric. I even have a line from a Crowes song tattooed on my shoulder. Their music is cosmic. It never gets old. There is a song for every mood, from the up-beat 1990 Otis Reading cover "Hard To Handle," to the sad weeping violins of "Girl From A Pawnshop."
I'm not going to tell you my single favorite Crowes song, because there are so many that I love, choosing one would feel like committing adultery on the others. (I know that's weird, but if you've ever heard a multitude of songs that makes you look deep into your own soul, you'll understand.) Listed below are some of my regularly-listened-to-tunes. If you can't find time to listen to them all, I'll just have to accept that, but it doesn't mean I'm happy about it...
- Wiser Time - Just like the title would suggest, the lyrics are oh-so-wise. This song is the source of my tattoo. Favorite Line: "Windswept stars blink and smile. Another song, another mile."
- Seeing Things For The First Time - Have you ever had a revelation, where all of a sudden, everything made sense? This is your anthem. Favorite Line: "I used to dream of better days that never came. Sorry don't mean nothing to me. I'm gone and that's they way it has to be."
- No Speak, No Slave - This is a I'm-not-gonna-take-it-anymore kind of song. Favorite Line: "And you, you want to be heard? None of us understand a word."
- Cursed Diamond - A song for those times, when you blame yourself for everything...but then you get over it. Favorite Line: "I lose myself, I forget myself, sometimes I fault myself, I might fight myself, but then I make amends."
- Soul Singing - One of my favorite songs to sing along to in the car, just don't get lost in the music, and end up lost on the highway. Favorite Line: "I've been down, cascading in blue without a sound. Now I'm trading my black feathers for a crown. So feed me milk and honey, lay me down."
- Bad Luck Blue Eyes Goodbye - A blues-y, soulful anti-ballad. Favorite Line: "I don't trust no one who don't take their own advice." Me neither, my friend.
- She Talks To Angels - Perhaps the most recognizable (other than Hard to Handle) and mainstream song in the Crowes library, and I still listen to it all the way through. Favorite Line: "She don't know no lover, none that I've ever seen. To her that ain't nothin', but to me, it means everything."
- Diamond Ring - A happy and chilled out little love song, with a Crowes style rock 'n' roll vibe. Favorite Line: "Your the reason I want to sing, you make me feel like a king. I love the sunshine that you bring. I think I'll buy you a diamond ring."
- Hotel Illness - This song has, perhaps, the most fun lyrics to sing along to. Favorite Line(s): "Oh good heavens baby, where is my medicine? Well, I must have left it outside with my etiquette." "I got a head full of sermons and a mouth full of spiders. The politics of the world's greatest liars."
- Miracle To Me - A poetic ballad, almost a lullaby. Favorite Line: "I want to sleep in your moonglow. In my mind, your smile I keep. Head over heels, I go. Like a dream from a peaceful sleep."
|How appropriate that the first song was "Lover of the Bayou!"|
No seriously, if The Black Crowes read my blog...I would have a heart attack.
(In a good way.)
The concert was at The Civic Theater in New Orleans, LA, which is a beautiful venue. If you have a chance to go to a show there, I would highly recommend it. We had a great time! The lineup (posted above) was a mixture of Crowe's classics and some covers. I can honestly say, I enjoyed every minute. We sat next to a mother/daugher Crowes fan duo, they were so cute! The highlight of the evening was the Hard to Handle/Hush medley. It was unbelievable. I'm still having flashbacks.
|Before the concert: |
I really did fix my hair, but it rained, so what you see is "humidity hair."
Its the new style. I'm starting a trend.
|The backdrop changed with each song. |
This was "Lover of the Bayou," a cover of a Byrds song.
|"Let Me Share The Ride"|
|I tried to get the whole band in this shot.|
|They did a double encore of Medicated Goo and No Speak, No Slave. |
It was perfection.