Leaving The Monsters Behind - The Jayhawks

from the album Paging Mr. Proust (2016)

Back in January, a gaggle of funky friends and I travelled to the Todos Santos Music Festival on Mexico's Baja Peninsula, about an hour north of Cabo San Lucas.  This festival has a different format than most festivals in that same bands play nightly over a four day period, while collaborating on cover versions of great tunes and the hits of the varied artists.

The festival extended a chance to see artists like Death Cab For Cutie, The Drive-By Truckers, and La Santa Cecilia sharing the stage with John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin and REMers Peter Buck and Mike Mills.  It was magical.

The Jayhawks were the one band that consistently captivated me.  Whether it was in a small courtyard or the town square, their music resonated.  I credit this to the quality of their songwriting and vocal superiority.  It amazes me how Gary Louris' voice gets better with age.

Throughout their sets, The Jayhawks played songs off their forthcoming album, Paging Mr. Proust.  This album was released last Friday.  Listening to it fills me with the same joy as seeing them perform live.  The songs were all impeccably written and performed.  The song I'm digging most is called Leaving The Monsters Behind.

This song features beautiful harmonies over a transcending American sound.  One of the prominent voices is that of Mike Mills.  Hearing this song reminds me of how much his voice added to REMs sound.

Great vocals and songwriting always do the trick.

Click Here to listen to Leaving The Monsters Behind.


  1. Got to see, hear and meet Gary Louris in a small club in the ATL when came thru in February with side project, Au Pair. What a profoundly consistent amazing singer song writer so sadly overlooked by the mainstream. Can't wait to see Jayhawks in June!

    1. I couldn't agree more, Mr. Beans.

      When I caught them in Mexico, I kept having flashbacks to seeing them perform Blue and Waiting For The Sun fifteen -or so - years ago. The thing is that I think that the songwriting remains on par and the vocals may even be better.

      What a great band.


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