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  • Mail Music Monday from “Inside Llewyn Davis”

    As a child of the 60's (and a huge Coen Brothers fan) I couldn't wait to see “Inside Llewyn Davis”. It wasn't what I expected and I had a hard time not singing aloud with a few of the songs. I won't spoil it for those of you who have yet to see it but I did think it would be fun to find a song from the soundtrack that could be this week's Mail Music Monday.

    While this is not the same version as the one used in the new Coen Brothers movie “Inside Llewyn Davis” it is, basically, the same song. That's how it is with old folk songs. They get passes around, rearranged and changed. The older the song, the more versions are out there. This version, by The Deep Dark Woods, mentions a letter while the one, sung beautifully by Oscar Isaac, in the movie does not.

    The Deep Dark Woods “official” video for “Hang Me, Oh Hang Me” is more, dare I say, upbeat and amusing but I used this one because it came closer to the style of the version in the movie and other traditional renditions.

    Oh! I have another reason for using a song that has a connection to this movie, which is loosely based on the life of Folk icon Dave Van Ronk. If you follow Mail Music Monday, then you may remember that last year I used a tune by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant (“Please Read the Letter”) that was produced by T-Bone Burnett, whose birthday is January 14. Of course, Alison Krauss's voice featured heavily in the soundtrack from another Coen Brothers movie that's soundtrack was also produced by Mr. Burnett.

    That ‘other' Coen Brothers movie is on my top ten list and I so is the soundtrack. So, you see, I had numerous reasons for choosing this song and, like a good folk song, they all circle round a constant theme.

    Even if you're not a fan of folk music, I hope you enjoy my efforts in finding songs that not only relate to snail mail but also to current events, etc. And, as always, thanks for checking out today's Mail Music.

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    First Mail Music Monday of 2014!

    Woo-hoo! First Mail Music Monday of the new year! I had planned a different song but then I heard on the news that this is the most depressing day of the year. Seems that every first Monday of a new year is the hardest for lots of folks due to the fact that, for many, this is the first day back to work after the holidays. There are other factors that apply but I hope to raise those ‘after the holidays' spirits and Toby Keith is gonna help me out.

    I hope that “It's All Good” where you are and that this helps ease those ‘back to work after the holidays blues'.

    Wishing you a fantastic new year ahead. Thanks for listening and don't forget to pass along your favorite mail music tunes.

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    2014 Postal Holidays

    • Wednesday, January 1 – New Year’s Day
    • Monday, January 20 – Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday (observed)
    • Monday, February 17 – Washington’s birthday (observed)
    • Monday, May 26 – Memorial Day
    • Friday, July 4 – Independence Day
    • Monday, September 1 – Labor Day
    • Monday, October 13 – Columbus Day
    • Tuesday, November 11 – Veterans’ Day (observed)
    • Thursday, November 27 – Thanksgiving Day
    • Thursday, December 25 – Christmas Day

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