“The Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake” – Conversations with Death – 6

Our darling wandered far away… I had an odd reaction to that recent video of the rescue of a toddler running alone down the middle of a busy Highway 101 in Oregon.  A old, favorite song popped into my head instantly – “The Little Girl and the Dreadful Snake.”  It won’t … → read more

Conversations with Death – 3 – “No Telephone In Heaven”

Introduction Two years ago this month we lost Doc Watson. This isn’t an homage to Doc.  I mention the anniversary by way of saying that I first heard today’s song from him.  But more to the point, “No Telephone in Heaven” is a perfect vehicle for expressing how we might … → read more

No Mercy at All – “The Cyclone of Rye Cove”

Introduction Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, “I’m going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that’s tough. I am going to snow anyway.”    – Maya Angelou, from Conversations with Maya Angelou It’s time to push the boundaries of our definition of ‘murder ballad’ once again. … → read more