I knew I'd like this CD even before I listened to it.
A) It's JD King.
B) The first song is named after one my own heros, Arshile Gorky.
C) The liner notes consist of one of the band member's letter to the editors of a music magazine - from when she was a little kid.
D) JD's website has this photo of him playing a guitar amongst the plants.
The limp mail that day - no checks (:<), a bunch of political adverts, random junkmail - was made happy by a cd from the King himself. The routine day had gone well enough- no revised sketches, major dramas, etc.- and it was time to cook dinner. Don't know about others here, but I always appreciate a day of low drama capped by some solid relax time to get to cooking dinner.
J.D.King & Coachmen were that evening's soundtrack. My wife came up from her studio below, smiling and asking "who is this?". Our cat stretched out on the carpet in front of the speakers, always a sign of good music. The house was filled with the joyous skrank and cronk and thwittle of the Coachmen's aural artwork.
As I cooked, I decided to experiment - not always a good idea, but sometimes I enjoy the challenge of avoiding recipes. The Coachmen were inspiring me to abandon my cookbooks, to embrace my instincts, to seek invention even while embracing the traditions of history. Such texture! Such melody! So juicy!
Epiphany: Braised polenta with wild mushroom sauce.
But the soundtrack was really, really, really great.
If anyone here wants a fantastic -and inspiring - cd, I'd recommend sending a check/illustration/cd/other valuable item to Mr. J.D. King immediately. He and his Coachmen have some very nice tunes indeed.