In the wake of Kanye’s maximalist musical adventure, I thought I would post a song that is strikingly stripped-down– but just as good. When so much of the music out there (even the good stuff) hides behind a wall of production, this song’s infectious repeat play is tribute to the simple power of craft in songwriting.
Rather than slipping into the love song location tropes of bars and cars, this story takes flight in a Cold War era nuclear missile silo. It’s one of those songs that makes me want to be a better writer.
The Temptation Of Adam, Josh Ritter