Apr 08

Angel from Montgomery

“Angel from Montgomery” is a song written by John Prine, who passed away yesterday from COVID-19 at age 73. He was a unique and singular talent and will be missed.

Prine wrote “Angel from Montgomery” after a friend suggested writing “another song about old people”, referring to Prine’s song”Hello In There”. Although Prine had “said everything I wanted to[about seniors] in ‘Hello In There'” he was intrigued by the idea of”a song about a middle-aged woman who feels older than she is…[Eventually] I had this really vivid picture of this woman standing over the dishwater with soap in her hands….She wanted to get out of her house and her marriage and everything. She just wanted an angel to come to take her away from all this”. [from Wikipedia]

In memory of this gentle soul, who is ‘gonna get a cocktail, vodka and ginger ale’ up there right now. [from his song ‘When I Get to Heaven.]

Dr. Weiss

Bosendorfer piano sound – For this recording I’m playing a Yamaha Clavinova – which has the same keyboard action as a traditional acoustic piano, but there are no strings. Pressing a key activates (in this case) a sound which was sampled from a Bösendorfer Imperial Concert Grand piano. Try listening to it with a good set of headphones! It sounds better than any piano I’ve ever owned!!