Mary ~ “Tidings Concert” (song 6)

Here’s “Mary“, a song Allison Crowe first heard on an episode of the “Sons of Anarchy” television drama – and which got her into Patty Griffin, the song’s brilliant creator. Allison’s friend, driver, and European tour manager, the legendary Axel Dollheiser, was Patty’s driver in the 1990s and has been raving about her ever since – particularly the “Living With Ghosts” album. Things happen when and how they do – and, it’s a confessional scene involving Gemma Teller (played by Katey Sagal) on SoA that brought this music into Allison’s repertoire and “Tidings Concert“.

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I don’t wanna pickle, I just wanna…

Allison Crowe – ready for Halloween fun as Gemma Teller Morrow, the matriarch character portrayed by Katey Sagal in the television series “Sons of Anarchy“.

Coincidentially, or not, biker mamas Katey and Alley have each recorded Leonard Cohen’s “Bird on a Wire” – herewith, for your trick or treating pleasure:

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- Katey Sagal

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- Allison Crowe

Allison Teller Morrow – foto

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Bird on a Wire – encore

Alighting in time for July 1 Canada Day and July 4 Independence Day celebrations is the newest recording from Allison Crowe – a cover of “Bird on the Wire“.

This Leonard Cohen classic has been covered by Jennifer Warnes (on 1987’s “Famous Blue Raincoat” collection AKA “Jenny Sings Lenny”), as well as by Johnny Cash, Judy Collins, Joe Cocker, Bob Benvenuti, Katey Sagal (for the US tv program “Sons of Anarchy”), Tim Hardin, The Neville Brothers… in total, more than 140 recording artists since its release on Cohen’s 1969 album “Songs from a Room”.

Nearly a decade ago, Crowe’s singular cover of another Leonard Cohen masterwork, “Hallelujah“, had the rare distinction of twice being featured by UK trade Journal “Record of the Day” – before becoming a world-wide favourite. Now, her version of “Bird on a Wire” receives encore coverage from DrHGuy, AKA Allan Showalter, the erudite and entertaining blogger behind the web’s go-to sites for “a pastiche of posts with song, dance, snappy chatter, and notes on prose, poesy, love, lust, life, & Leonard Cohen”.

Allison Crowe pre-concert at Evangelische Osterkirche, Berlin, Germany – Billie Woods foto

Says the good Doctor:

“Allison Crowe’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s classic ‘Bird On The Wire‘ is mournful and, true to the lyrics of the song, conscientiously abjures cheap conventional sentiment or ginning up the type of pseudo-consolation that relies on false promises of living happily ever after, e.g., that irreparable conflicts will somehow be resolved, emotional damages repaired, or the pain of personal loss alleviated. Yet, Crowe’s voice and phrasing convey such empathy and intimacy that solace and succor are nonetheless granted through grace.”

It’s a great cover of a great song.”

This holiday week Allison Crowe is busy rehearsing the cast of “Newfoundland Vinyl“. She’s Music Director of this play – a rollicking ride through popular music’s coming of age in Canada’s most eastern province, the island of Newfoundland. Written and directed by Jeff Pitcher, the show debuts at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival this July 13.

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Bird on a Wire

Allison Crowe sings to be free. Herewith, Leonard Cohen’s “Bird on the Wire“.

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