Man of Constant Sorrow by Alison Krauss & Union Station (O Brother, Where Art Thou version)

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Unfortunately, George Clooney probably gets more credit for this song than Dan Tyminski, who created this arrangement and, of course, is the voice and guitarist behind the recording we hear in the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou.

This traditional folk song was first recorded in 1913 by Richard Burnett. Many have covered the song over the years, including Bob Dylan, but this is my favorite rendition. I envy Tyminski for his skills on guitar and his naturally rough, Southern twang.

Many have probably heard of Alison Krauss and Union Station, and, as you can see from the video below, Dan Tyminski is part of Union Station. This particular performance features amazing Dobro (resonator guitar), banjo, fiddle and upright bass parts. This type of folk/bluegrass/country is definitely one of my favorite types of music because of the skill and passion you see displayed from the musicians performing.

(In constant sorrow through his days)

I am a man of constant sorrow
I’ve seen trouble all my day.
I bid farewell to old Kentucky
The place where I was born and raised.
(The place where he was born and raised)

For six long years I’ve been in trouble
No pleasures here on earth I found
For in this world I’m bound to ramble
I have no friends to help me now.

He has no friends to help him now

It’s fare thee well my old lover
I never expect to see you again
For I’m bound to ride that northern railroad
Perhaps I’ll die upon this train.

Perhaps he’ll die upon this train.

You can bury me in some deep valley
For many years where I may lay
Then you may learn to love another
While I am sleeping in my grave.

While he is sleeping in his grave.

Maybe your friends think I’m just a stranger
My face you’ll never see no more.
But there is one promise that is given
I’ll meet you on God’s golden shore.

He’ll meet you on God’s golden shore.

Cornerstone by Hillsong

Like many new renditions of old hymns, Cornerstone borrows lyrics from the hymn The Solid Rock and adds a chorus. I think my favorite lyric is in the last verse, the amazing truth that for those that have made Him Lord, we will “Faultless, stand before the throne.”

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My hope is built on nothing less
than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
but wholly trust in Jesus’ name

Christ alone, Cornerstone
Weak made strong, in the Savior’s love
Through the storm
He is Lord, Lord of All

When darkness seems to hide His face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil

Then He shall come with trumpets sound
Oh, may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone
Faultless, stand before the throne

Damrell’s Fire by The Dimes

I’ve enjoyed exploring The Dimes over the last few months. At first I was comparing Johnny Clay’s vocals to Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie/Postal Service, but as I continued listening I began hearing a unique sound. It’s no surprise that the band hails from Portland, OR, where there appears to be a thriving music scene.

What initially caught my attention about their album, The King Can Drink The Harbour Dry, was the naming of landmarks in Boston and the American Revolution theme throughout the album. The lyrics are well-thought-out and the music is dynamic, yet holds a steady, mellow sound throughout.

You’ve felt like winter everywhere except for Summer Street
There the flames were all anybody anywhere could see
And from the top of Beacon hill
We’ll watch the fire spill
Over Water street

Well it started quickly, the flames in a shootout on a city street
Jumping roof to roof like they were running from a robbery
And everywhere you turned
Another building burned
Now it’s all debris

And everybody knows where they were the night the fire came
And everybody felt where they were the night the fire came
And swallowed me whole

So the backs on Broad street, the captain told us all we had to hold the light
But the horses were made up in bed and the engines couldn’t make the climb
So the word spread down the wire
The flames were getting higher
Here in Damrell’s fire

And everybody knows where they were the night the fire came
And everybody felt where they were the night the fire came
And swallowed me whole

Winter In My Heart by The Avett Brothers

I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from The Passerby Blog, but I decided it’s about time to get back to it. I know my faithful readership has been dying for these posts to recommence. Right? Anyone?

I am amazed at the way The Avett Brothers are able to describe thoughts and feelings in their music which the average person can relate to, but may have otherwise had trouble articulating. And that seems to be the mission of folk and country singers, going back many many years, to reach into the common man and tug on his heart strings.

The Avett Brothers 2012 album, The Carpenter, is no exception to this. Particularly the song, Winter In My Heart. The imagery of the song is vivid. The melody is simple, yet beautiful and the strings accompanying them (I believe there is violin and lap steel) compliment the somber tone of the song perfectly. I’m excited to listen to this album more and delve into the tasty goodness within. Share your thoughts here if you’ve listened to the album!

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It must be winter in my heart
There’s nothing warm in there, at all
I miss the Summer and the Spring
The floating, yellow leaves of Fall

A million colors fill my eyes
The Roman candles and the stars
Calendar says July 4th
But it’s still winter in my heart

They say flowers bloom in Spring
Red and Golden, Blue and Pink
They say seasons turn in time
Theirs our changing, why won’t mine?

It must be winter in my heart
There’s nothing warm in there at all
I miss the Summer and Spring
The floating, yellow leaves of Fall

The air in there is frigid cold
I don’t know what the reasons are
The calendar says August 1
But it’s still winter in my heart

They say flowers bloom in Spring
Red and Golden, Blue and Pink
They say seasons turn in time
Theirs our changing, why won’t mine?

It must be winter in my heart
I don’t know what the reasons are
It must be winter in my heart
I don’t know what the reasons are
It must be winter in my heart

P.S. Has anyone else noticed that much of the great music lately has come out of North Carolina?

Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac – Timeless Tuesday

I was listening to “Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac the other day and just marveling at how so many well crafted songs could be on one album. Tracks like, “Never Going Back Again”, “Don’t Stop”, “Dream”, “The Chain” and, of course, “Go Your Own Way”.

This is a truly timeless song. It features classic Fleetwood Mac guitar and harmonies, and there’s just something about Mick Fleetwood’s drumming during the verses on this song that I love. Maybe if I was a drummer I could put it into words more easily, but it has something to do with the toms and how the sound is sloppy, yet precise at the same time.


Loving you
Isn’t the right thing to do
How can I ever change things
That I feel
If I could
Maybe I’d give you my world
How can I
When you won’t take it from me

You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it
Another lonely day
You can go your own way
Go your own way

Tell me why
Everything turned around
Packing up
Shacking up is all you wanna do
If I could
Baby I’d give you my world
Open up
Everything’s waiting for you

You can go your own way
Go your own way
You can call it
Another lonely day
You can go your own way
go your own way

Breakdown by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers in Tribute to Amanda Kogle

I’m highlighting this song by Tom Petty in tribute to my friend Amanda Kogle on her birthday!

Amanda claims that she hates Tom Petty, and I believe she’s the only person I’ve ever heard say that. Maybe some people are indifferent toward Tom Petty, or maybe even dislike his music, but to hate his music, that’s a pretty bold statement;).

I, on the other hand, really enjoy Tom Petty. Here’s a great song by him and the Heartbreakers with a nice riff, a good beat, a sweet keys part, and some classic backup vocals.

Baby, Let Me Follow You Down by Bob Dylan

This is one of my favorite Bob Dylan songs. Particularly this version from his self-titled album. The debut album is mostly traditional folk and blues songs that Dylan learned in his days in Greenwich Village New York. Dylan’s voice on this album gives you a picture of someone well beyond the years of the young man with the baby face on the cover.

If you haven’t already, I highly recommend watching “No Direction Home” – the documentary by Martin Scorsese about the life of Bob Dylan. The documentary is filled with accounts from friends and acquaintances that Dylan had in his early years.


– I first heard this from Ric von Schmidt. He lives in Cambridge.
Ric is a blues guitarplayer. I met him one day on
The green pastures of the Harvard University. –

Baby let me follow you down, baby let me follow you down
Well I’ll do anything in this godalmighty world
If you just let me follow you down.

Can I come home with you, baby can I come home with you ?
Yes I’ll do anything in this godalmighty world
If you just let me come home with you.

Baby let me follow you down, baby let me follow you down
Well I’ll do anything in this godalmighty world
If you just let me follow you down.

Yes I’ll do anything in this godalmighty world
If you just let me follow you down.