Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween Song - "Jacksie"

Photo from Over The Rhine website.

Here's another Halloween post from the past.

Over The Rhine, the Cincinnati-based band headed by vocalist/guitarist Karin Bergquist and bassist/keyboards player Linford Detweiler, has garnered critical acclaim for weaving elements of folk, country, and indie rock behind thought-provoking lyrics.

“Jacksie,” the haunting opening track from the band’s 1992 Patience CD, was inspired by the book, A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis. It deals with the loss of a loved one. Still, a casual listener could be forgiven for thinking this is a classic ghost story, especially with lyrics like, “They laid her in the ground./She still comes around./A love that never dies takes you by surprise.”

Bergquist’s ethereal vocals, set to an enchanted arrangement, sends chills up your spine, especially the way her “la la la la la la la” echoes like a spirit beckoning you into a dark forest.

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