Turns out it's no accident that Erin was taken, her captor is a passionate fan and he has plans for her time in captivity - including coercing her into performing at an exclusive, swanky venue and even writing and recording some original material for him. Money he's got, but he's a collector. He wants the precious, rare and unique. He'd especially like her to write and record a narco corrido to immortalize him.
And I don't blame him.
Some of my personal favorites I've been obsessing over lately include: The Devil You Know by Todd Snider, Choctaw Bingo byJames McMurtry, Things That Scare Me by Neko Case, Carolina Drama by The Raconteurs, Gun Street Girl by Tom Waits, and the entire album Murder Ballads by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Ten songs that all end the same way. Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska is one after another of these crime and desperation stories from the title track based on the life of killer Charles Starkweather (who was also the inspiration for Terrence Malick's fan-effing-tastic debut Badlands) to Highway Patrolman which in turn inspired Sean Penn's directorial debut The Indian Runner. Over at my blog Hardboiled Wonderland I used to run a guest-written series of essays about crime songs and Craig McDonald wrote this great little piece on Highway Patrolman.
I'll link to some of the stand-out entries here:
Patrick Shawn Bagley on Robert Earl Keen's The Road Goes on Forever.
Steve Weddle on Bob Dylan's Brownsville Girl.
Kent Gowran on Richard Thompson's 1952 Vincent Black Lightning.
Paul D. Brazill on Randy Newman's In Germany Before the War.
I'm always looking for more great narrative music, murder ballads, narcocorridos or other. What're your favorites?
Jedidiah Ayres writes fiction and keeps the blog Hardboiled Wonderland.
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