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Tim Eriksen- "O Death"

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Published on Apr 25, 2008

http://timeriksenmusic.com/
By request. I heard Dock Boggs sing this on a record when I was a kid and loved it and hated it right away. Cordelia's Dad worked up a version with Mike Seeger for a gig ca. 1997. It really got stuck in my head hearing Ralph Stanley sing it every night for a month when we were on the Great High Mountain Tour together.
I'd been telling incredulous people for many years that an unaccompanied old song would find its way into the hit parade, so I felt somewhat vindicated when I heard Ralph's voice emanating from a shoe store at the Mall of America around 2001. (On a recording).
Here's a link to my Prairie Home Companion performance of "o death" (as well as an old Amherst version of the song "two babes.")I've often had mixed feelings about PHC, but seeing Garrison at work gave me a real appreciation for it. Among other things, we did two consecutive nights at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, and the second show was completely different, after what must have been an all-nighter on GK's part. Check out the way he introduces me to sing "o death." This was completely spur of the moment- no discussion whatsoever. I wasn't even scheduled to perform in that part of the show- he just started motioning to me toward the end of the monologue, and the stage manager ran to get a mic set up. Garrison made eye contact, said something about a train whistle, then pointed at me like I was supposed to know what to do. It was cool.
http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/pr...
One of these days I wanna rope my buddy Mike Hickey, ex- Venom, into doing a version.

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