Song of the Day, February 10: Me And That Train by Patty Larkin
February 10, 2017 Leave a comment
Today’s song is a powerful metaphor used with smart grace. From 1991 to 1995, Patty Larkin released a trio of stunning albums: Tango, Angels Running, and Stranger’s World. A standout on the third of these powerful discs is Me and That Train. The central image is a treacherous mountain drive in the ice and snow, with Larkin’s car skidding toward an oncoming train. She uses that drama to frame a handful of stories. Romantic betrayal and armed robbery intersperse with the impending traffic tragedy creating a wonderful tapestry.
Larkin’s vocal is restrained but urgent, building in intensity as the song progresses. Her trademark guitar wizardry enhances the tension nicely. The result is a dramatic story told in parts, the conclusion left to the audience’s imagination.
Enjoy this powerful song today.