It’s interesting to think about what albums or songs stay in one’s listening rotation over a long period of time. Frequently one’s perspective changes completely, hearing different things, and coming to a different appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of a song.
In the case of todays post, I have two songs off an album that I’ve owned since High School, that I’ve always liked, and haven’t changed my opinion on significantly — Hammel on Trial’s best album, Big As Life.
I’ve certainly shifted my opinion slightly, I now feel like his greatest virtue is sincerity and simplicity rather than chaotic energy, but I also feel like both coexist, and he wouldn’t be nearly as fun without the chaotic energy.
I’ve seen him perform live twice, both in the last couple of years, and at this point he comes across as someone who is happily married, has a child, and is really happy to make a living playing music, being crazy, and telling dirty jokes onstage. He does give a strong performance, and I’d recommend the show.
I’ve picked two songs off the album one that is one of the “hits” (along with the title song) from the album, and the other my personal favorite.
The first, Blood of the Wolf is a long story about a childhood friend, including a description of the friend’s successful robbery of a KFC wielding a fork.
The second, Open Up The Gates, is a touching tribute to his mother.