Tuesday, September 20, 2011

m is for muse

Without music life would be a mistake.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) philosopher, poet, composer

tattoo tuesday continues.

this past weekend we went to hear a marvelous modern string band with a most intriguing name - joy kills sorrow. the name is a living memorial of sorts to the group's musical roots - and is derived from the radio call letters wjks, in the 1930s the station was the home to bluegrass greats the monroe brothers.

for me, there's nothing like live music, and live music performed outside on an absolutely gorgeous late summer afternoon in a nearby nature preserve - well, i have to jump ahead one letter and say this is pure nirvana!

while the group was up on stage i couldn't help but notice a few tattoos on the arms of lead singer, emma beaton and also on the group's guitarist -matthew arcara. at times i can be a bold mouse, so after the show i went up to emma and matthew and asked if i could take pictures of them. i told them about my project on mouse medicine - they most graciously agreed to both my snapping and my sharing!

i was most intrigued with the portrait of a very young george jones on emma's arm. during some stage chat, george was introduced as the 'sixth member of the band.' jones, aka the possum is considered by some to be the world's greatest living country singer. the story of the george tat, who i assume is one of her musical muses, is amusing. emma made a bet with a friend as to which of them would be the first to get a george jones tattoo - emma won the bet! however, as of yet, emma hasn't seen her friend so she still has to collect! this story was the only one gathered - maybe next time i see the band in concert i'll gather more.... the creature on matthew's forearm looks magical, and i can't help but wonder what's with that.....

by the way, the group's music is pure joy. i heard about them only this summer; in july a friend gave an update of her trip to the vancouver folk festival. alice said one group stood out as her festival favorite - boston-based joy kills sorrow. she recommended checking out to see if they would be playing nearby - i did - lo and behold turns out they were scheduled to be the headlining band for this year's cedar valley settlers celebration and music festival - such kismet!

joy kill sorrow performing eli in january 2011 at halkaer kro in denmark

photos: rocky river reservation, 18 september 2011

addendum: 8:00 - whoops -- i just looked at my master list and discovered that last year's blogabet had m is for music, the m word has been changed to muse - which fits in magnificently with today's lead tattoo of the possum.....who is the muse to m of jks


Rubye Jack said...

Nice group. I enjoyed their music.

Anonymous said...

What a great treat so close to home... and the ink looks new, I wonder how it shall look next time you see them.

Steve Reed said...

Interesting! I've never heard of them, but they have a nice sound -- and I am NOT a fan of most country music.

I wondered who the tattoo on the woman's arm depicted. I was going to guess Hank Williams, which I guess wouldn't have been too far off!

Alan Burnett said...

Lovely music Kim : a fine complement to the usual wonderful images.

Watson said...

I miss sitting in a park listening to live music. This brought back the joyful memories. :-)

Vi da nam said...

As good as Kearney’s contributions are to This Unknown Science – with hardly a misfire among the bunch – she has wisely surrounded herself with some crackerjack talents who are virtuosos in their own right. She’s joined by acoustic guitarist Matthew Arcara, who, according to the accompanying press release, has won several honours at various guitar competitions, including Winfield’s National Flatpicking Championship in 2006. Young singer Emma Beaton has similarly picked up accolades by winning “Young Performer of the Year” as an 18-year-old at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2008 and was nominated for “Traditional Vocalist of the Year” at the same ceremony last year. Rounding out the bill are banjo player Wesley Corbett and mandolin player Jacob Jolliff. The latter seemingly hasn’t taken home the sort of hardware that his peers in the band have, but that might change if This Unknown Science is any indication. Jolliff is a cascading mountain of a picker, running through runs of sixteenth notes flawlessly and with great aplomb. A great deal of the accomplishment of the album can be attributed to his up-front, endearing flashiness, which accentuates the generally feel-good and uplifting nature of a majority of the songs to be found here.