Hold On Magnolia - Glen Hansard

from the album It Was Triumph We Once Proposed ... Songs Of Jason Molina (2015)

Jason Molina was a talented and tortured soul.  Over his 39 years on this planet, his wrote and performed lasting songs that evoked both melodic beauty and desolation in the rich tones and spaces between the notes.

I was fortunate to be introduced to the music of his revolving band Songs: Ohia by a bartender in Oregon ten or so years ago.  The music spoke to me then, and still does today.

My favorite song was (and still is) Hold On Magnolia.  I find it both mournful and uplifting.  It is the kind of song I could picture The Band performing (with either Rick Danko or Levon Helm singing).  I dig the way this tune touches me in the solitude of a wine-soaked night.

This week a collection of Jason Molina songs was released by Glen Hansard.  His treatment to these songs is respectful and pure.  His tonal quality of his Irish voice is well suited for the material and adds the necessary authenticity for a proper cover.

Nothing else to do for me but to sing along:

Hold on Magnolia
To that great highway moon
No now has to be that strong
But if you're stubborn like me
I know what you're trying to be
Before the dark finally gets a hold of me

Hold on Magnolia
I know what a friend you've been
In my life I have had my doubts
But tonight I think I've worked it out with all of them

Hold on Magnolia
To that great highway moon
No now has to be that strong
But if you're stubborn like me

Hold on Magnolia
I hear that lonesome whistle whine
Hold on Magnolia
I think its almost time
Hold on Magnolia
I think its almost time

Click Here to watch Glen Hansard perform Hold On Magnolia.

Comments

  1. Pretty song. It lead me to Song of Good Hope, which by its name alone was enough, but lifted me up on this beautiful spring day.

    Need to go search Jason Molina now...thanks.

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    1. Theresa,

      I thought you might like Jason Molina.

      Personally, I am a sucker for tortured artists. Somehow listening to their craft helps me identify with my own troubled soul.

      Have you ever checked out Nick Drake? He is a '70s Brit who reminds me of Jason Molina in some ways. The tune "Life In A Northern Town" is a tribute to him.

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