Cowboy Junkies : The Wilderness

The 4th and last instalment of The Nomad Series is titled ‘The Wilderness’ 18 months ago when the project began, Michael Timmins said:

“This will be an album of new songs. Some of these songs (Angel In The Wilderness, Fairytale, The Confession of Georgie E, etc) we have been playing live for the past year or so and they are bound to find their way on to this volume. There is also a whole set of new songs (and more that are yet to be written) that we will be unveiling on stage over the coming year. We’re not quite sure how these will form themselves into a cohesive album, but these things always work themselves out.”

More recently he’s commented that the quasi-title track, ‘Angels In The Wilderness’ owes a huge debt to the Marilynne Robinson novel “Gilead” (as do many of the songs on “The Wilderness”).

“I have a habit of copying inspiring passages or lines in my notebook when I am reading. I often refer to these notes when I’m doing my own writing or when I’m stuck and looking for a direction. I think I could have copied half of this novel into my notebook. The novel takes the form of a letter written by an elderly, dying pastor to his seven year old son. It is a dense read and the type of book that you only want to undertake when you know you have a good stretch of time to devote to sitting, reading and thinking (such a luxury these days, eh?). Here is a sampling from the book…mull on these thoughts as you stand in line at Target, waiting to return Uncle Ernie’s holiday offerings…”A father must finally give his child up to the wilderness – trust that there will be angels in that wilderness.” …and as you inch closer to the cashier…”We fly forgotten as a dream, leaving the forgetful world behind us to trample and mar and misplace everything we have ever cared for. That is just the way of it, and it is remarkable.”

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    The Wilderness

    180g Single LP, Embossed Sleeve
    11th April 2012

    Unanswered Letter (For JB)
    Idle Tales
    We Are The Selfish Ones
    Angels In The Wilderness
    Damaged From The Start
    Staring Man
    The Confession Of Georgie E
    I Let Him In
    Fuck, I Hate The Cold