Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Session (1988)
Long time, no blog!
Must be report card season.
At midterms/finals, I’m grateful for albums like The Trinity Session: albums that provide an ideal soundtrack for marking.
I’m also appreciative when I can find a copy for $2.99*, just a slight markdown from its once-upon-a-time price shown below!
Word association time.
Canadian Female Singer. Timmins. ___________
I’d wager most (myself included) would immediately jump to the pride of Timmins, Ontario, Shania Twain.
In this case, I was looking for Margo Timmins, lead singer of Cowboy Junkies.
Much like the current iteration of Van Halen, 3/4 of the band shares the same surname (with bassist Alan Alton representing the non-Timmins 1/4).
Make no mistake, Alan & the Timmins brothers perform admirably here.
There’s little doubt however that the album belongs to its setting and its singer.
Recorded around a single microphone, primarily in a single day at The Church of the Holy Trinity in Toronto**, the songs are divinely under-produced. Though the church is reasonably close to the Skydome, the songs couldn’t be further from a Shania Twain &/or Van Halen built-for-stadiums sound.
And that was pretty clear from the outset: Margo’s haunting, a capella vocal on the album-opening Mining for Gold set the ethereal tone and the rest flowed gently from there.
*Like my friend Aaron at the KMA noted recently, Value Village can be a Goldmine for used CDs in Ontario. Or to borrow a gold Blue Rodeo tune, a Diamond mine.
**Alternatively, as Aaron & my fellow Canadian blogging colleagues call it, Taranna!