January 6 — SWEET JANE, Cowboy Junkies (1988)

img_1583Along with Bob Mould’s “Workbook” and the Jayhawks’ early catalogue, the Cowboy Junkies’ “Trinity Sessions” occupies a prominent place in my “snowy day” album section. It was on a night like tonight — still, clear, freezing and snowy — that I first heard this album while living in the Twin Cities. My buddy Leon Hammer and I had spent the night in loud, smoky bars around Uptown. At closing time, one of Leon’s friends invited us for a nightcap at his apartment, an old brick building nearby. I remember the low lights, and someone lighting a joint. I remember the stillness, the quiet. And I remember this album and its haunted beauty, to this day like nothing I’ve ever heard.




  1. This is literally one of my favorite albums of all time. The older I get I find that I like records that have a mood, or a feel to them, not just a collection of songs of a similar theme or meter, but of moments, moments that I join into and weave some of my own into. Henry Rollins once wrote: “Maybe it’s best that the band is a time and a place in your life that you can get to any time you hear the records” that’s definitely how I am with this record, and I’m still adding moments to it, that’s how good it is. Rhonda and I drove to Alabama last year and we listed to “the Trinity Session” for a lot of it. She’d never heard a note on the record, and I knew every groove in it, but it was a vicarious experience and wrote several more moments on my time with the Cowboy Junkies. She noticed that there are so many quiet passages the record, wrought with longing and angst and all that stuff that seemed so mysterious and vital to me in 1988. I still like visiting there sometimes…..


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