It was the overwrought pathos of Mother’s Plea For Her Son that pulled me in and made me sing along. I couldn’t not. And then it took a while to get the words right, because that old recording is so murky, so I figured I would write them down. And given that I was writing […]
Lewis Hall’s 1893 tearjerker “A Widow’s Plea For Her Son” was old but not all that out of style when Charlie Poole and the North Carolina Ramblers recorded it 36 years later along with two other songs in the same genre — “Write A Letter To My Mother” and “Mother’s Last Farewell Kiss.” Parlorsongs.org has […]
In 19th century america there were a lot of grotesquely sentimental songs about motherhood, like for example Mother would comfort me or Just think of your mother. This was back before American women got the vote; the idea seemed to be something about empowerment of women short of actually empowering women. A “Widow’s Plea For […]
In retrospect the phasing effect on the guitar in my recording of Widow’s Plea For Her Son is criminally annoying. Fortunately few listeners were harmed.