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‘All the other girls here are stars—you are the Northern Lights’

From the opening line of ‘Kathleen’, I was hooked. It’s such a smooth, sweet song with the kind of lyrics I would love to write if I was a small town cowboy lookin’ to land me a girl. Or the kind of lyrics I’d like to write myself. Come to think of it, being able to play a musical instrument wouldn’t hurt either. Oh, and some kind of vocal ability would be kinda nice also. But you know, I’m not greedy.

Kathleen – Josh Ritter

It was this post over at Fuel/Friends that reminded me that more Josh Ritter research was required, and also introduced me to ‘Girl In The War’ which is all kinds of spectacular too. I love how that slow drum beat kicks in at the start of the second verse and then all of a sudden you realise that a rich wall of sound has built up behind the words without you even noticing.

Girl In The War – Josh Ritter

This live version of ‘Snow Is Gone’ is a rollicking number full of enthusiastic crowd participation and some mad keyboard work.

Snow Is Gone (Live) – Josh Ritter

Head over to Josh Ritter’s website to grab more free downloads and while you’re there you may as well score yourself an album or two…I’m off to do the same thing myself.

What the hell took me so long??

Oh, and I just noticed that this is my 500th post, and that’s kinda cool if you’re into that sorta thing. Which I guess I obviously am!

Image credit: Diandra Yoselevitz – more Josh Ritter pics here