From his haunting, soulful voice echoing the familiar “Trouble” to the emotional solitude of “Burn”, running the gambit of feelings and the explosion of raw talent, Ray LaMontagne is what’s on my iPod this week.
A long way from his days working in a shoe factory in Lewiston Maine, Ray LaMontagne has released four albums since making the decision to leave the factory work behind. The story is that Ray awoke one morning for the early shift at the shoe factory to the sound of “Treetop Flyer” by Stephen Stills and, after purchasing the album, decided to quit making shoes and make music instead. I am sure glad he did.
“So don’t pay no mind
to my watering eyes,
must be something in the air that I’m breathing
Yes and try to ignore
all this blood on the floor
It’s just this heart on my sleeve that’s bleeding” ~ Ray LaMontagne, “Burn”
Ray LaMontagne was born on June 18th, 1973, in Nashua New Hampshire. His father was a musician by trade, but had abandoned his family during Ray’s childhood. Because of his father’s behavior and violence, Ray avoided most musical activity until many years later.
Timeless and beautiful, his music leaves the listener deep in thought and immersed in a pensive whirlpool of emotion. Loss of love, fear, isolation and pain are all tempered with joy and the musings of Meg White in his first four albums. Not to mention a musical talent that is hard to match in this day and age. I am looking forward to the next album, and the next one… Ray LaMontagne is what’s on my iPod this week.
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