Friday, October 29, 2010

Homegrown Radio 10/29/10

Wow, October really is zooming past us! Here we are with the final Homegrown Radio segment for the month, which also means it’s the last installment from Joel Murach. Joel sure has done a fine job by Homegrown Radio this month. But not to worry: the series will return in November with Bernie Jungle, who is perhaps the best guitar player it’s my pleasure to know—also a very good songwriter, singer & a truly good guy. Bernie has performed not only as a soloist, but also in bands such as Warm Wires, Thunderbleed & the Great Auk—the latter, a duo with Carrie Bradley, is one of my all-time favorite bands.

But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s hear what Joel has to say about “Ghost in the river,” this week’s song:

First, thanks to John for having me here at Homegrown Radio. And thanks to everyone who commented on the songs. It has been a lot of fun for me to be here.

I first thought of this song, "Ghost in the river", when I was camping out by a river. I had awoken in the middle of the night, and as I stood outside my tent in the moonlight, there was a fine white mist coming off the river. To me, it looked like a ghost. And it got me to thinking about ghosts and rivers...two recurring themes in my songwriting. A couple years later, I wrote this song, which combines those two themes.

For those musicologists out there, this song is in 5/4, which is a time signature that isn't used much these days. I hope you like it!

Thank you Joel for bringing such quality offerings to the Homegrown Radio table! & don’t forget, folks: you can purchase Joel’s cds on his website here. Enjoy the song.


  1. joel, thanks for all the great songs. this was my favorite.

  2. Hi Scotty: Thanks for stopping by & for supporting this--Joel sure did a great job, didn't he?

  3. Lovely music, and I also enjoyed reading his inspiration for the song - the mist off the river in the moonlight.

  4. Hi HKatz: Yes, that image is great isn't it? Glad you liked it!


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