curious fascination

We spent all day Saturday putzing around town ... breakfast, the wine store for Cotes de Provence wines, 12 Bones BBQ for lunch, picking up some lovelies for my flower beds (luscious crocosmia and a new red double echinacea!) ...   We started with breakfast at West Asheville Bakery, then cruising the strip until Harvest Records opened.  Dave was on a Lyle Lovett hunt and me, well I haven't been buying CD's much, feel kind of bad about that.  But I end up just listening to my Pandora stations and the CD's collect dust and look much too forlorn and I don't want to add to them.

But sitting in the newly arrived section of the used CD collection was this little musical gem ...

 The Mysterious Tale of How I Shouted Wrong-Eyed Jesus! by Jim White

We first found out about him through the amazing but ever so strange film Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus.  The link will give you a good taste of what the film is like.  Okay, so I'm not really tapped into the world of outsider art or vernacular art or I'm not sure what the PC name is these days.  Mostly I just know a little about Rev. Howard Finster from those old REM videos and bits and pieces of other artists from here and there.  In keeping with my current M.O. of staying open and awake for anything that piques my curiosity, I snapped up this CD.  It's not at all what we were expecting - translate curiously quirky.  What it is, an exceedingly listenable, sometimes quirky, but really different album that has sent Dave on a Jim White quest to find out everything he can about this strange and talented man.

As for me, I'm loving the artwork on the CD and the Luaka Bop site (David Byrne's record label) and loving listening to it and will let Dave continue his research and after lunch at 12 Bones (if it's open) we'll go back to the record store to look for more.

Here's a great video sample.....

I'm finding it really interesting that I'm getting really drawn into this world.  I'm thinking it ties into my childhood days of summer Bible school and fervent preachers and tent meetings, Marjoe Gortner (remember him?) and Robert Duvall in The Apostle and the Wrong-eyed Jesus and, well ... it's all so very very compelling and fascinating and curious and uncomfortable and strange.

This little journey is proving to be pretty interesting so far, interesting and unexpected.  I think the unexpected part's the best one.
Looking forward to more surprises........

blessings - kvk