Gaudy Frame - Monk Parker

from the forthcoming album Crown Of Sparrows (2017)

Monk Parker is a musical outlier, recording his first album at forty years of age.  More remarkable is the originality and beauty in his music.

I have been incessantly listening to his latest song - Gaudy Frame - turning it ever louder, trying to feel the energy between the notes.  This is Texas songwriting at its finest, bringing together lap steel guitar with fanfare trumpets and mournful vocals.  The results are otherworldly.  Almost like Pink Floyd cruising I-35 on a late winter's night.

The lyrics are magnificent:

How could you miss me
Sitting here with this pale girl
And my clear-as-gin halo
Don't you know
My whole drunken world
Is a gaudy frame
For a picture-perfect girl

How could I miss you
Passing by with those bright girls and boys
How could I miss you
Passing by in that golden horde
How could I miss you
Sitting there with a pale bright boy
Looking like there's no tomorrow
Don't you know, don't you know
My whole drunken world
Is a gaudy frame
For a picture-perfect girl

My whole drunken world
Is a gaudy frame
For a picture-perfect girl, girl
For a picture perfect girl

Stack it up against the best real-country songs.  It holds up.

Hats off to Monk Parker.

Click Here to listen to Gaudy Frame.

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