The 77’s 2014 Summer Tour – Free music, GREAT music 2

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77s Summer Tour 2014

A mix of past, present, and future…The Late Greats…and a glimpse of the upcoming 2014 Summer Tour beginning Saturday June 21st, and running through Thursday, July 3rd 2014.

Every now and then a group that I really care about goes on tour. It is rare, but it happens. Even more rarely I am able to go and see them. Such is the case next Tuesday! 

The 77’s, a group I have followed since the 80s, will be in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and I will be joining them! There is an interview/piece about the (related?) 1989 album 7&7is available here and Tour Dates here. To promote their tour they are releasing a free collection. “77s: The Late Greats ~ 2014 Summer Tour Mix.” You can download it here: http://noisetrade.com/77s/the-late-greats-2014-summer-tour

Their music has remained powerful over the years, both the older albums and their more recent works. I am no good at describing music so I will just tell you that it features great guitar work by Mike Roe, powerful rhythms, and passionate lyrics. The album is free, so just download, ok?

Ever since I first heard it back in 1990, I have considered their song “Don’t This Way” (YouTube, the album version is cleaner) one of the most compelling I have ever heard. Once you listen or read the lyrics below, you will understand why it has been running through my head ever since New Year’s Eve 2012. Mike’s guitar work on this piece is haunting, adding to the grief of the truth to which the words allude.

Imagine
All those years together
As a blackbird with no song to sing
Imagine
Throwing it to the air
But it falls from broken wings

Don’t leave this way, so many words unsaid
Don’t lie this way, stretched straight from
Feet to head

Imagine
The sky is pouring down
On the back of all those years
Imagine
That bird helpless on the ground
Shot down by all those tears

Don’t leave this way, so many words unsaid
Don’t lie this way, stretched straight from
Feet to head
Don’t look this way, closed eyes, unmoving lips
Don’t feel this way, cold hands and fingertips

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2 thoughts on “The 77’s 2014 Summer Tour – Free music, GREAT music

  • Dan Sheerin

    Chris – I hope it’s a great concert; I’m sure it will be! Along with the song’s moving words and sound, the Seventy Sevens name itself is indeed something special, it seems.

    And regarding Don’t This Way’s lyrics lamentation for a blackbird — that reminds me of this song, Rain King, by the Counting Crows. The song’s first line:

    “When I think of heaven, deliver me in a black-winged bird … ”

    • Christian Brady Post author

      Thanks Dan. Counting Crows was the soundtrack for much of the beginning of our marriage. Just to point out, the 77’s song is not about a blackbird, rather the bird is a simile.
      Don’t look this way, closed eyes, unmoving lips
      Don’t feel this way, cold hands and fingertips