29: “Jack Gets Up” by Leo Kottke

Leo Kottke, honkey with skills.Leo Kottke (born September 11, 1945, Athens, Georgia, U.S.) is a guitar master (6 and 12 string) and a poet with a bent pair of glasses.  He’s described his own voice as sounding like “geese farts on a muggy day.”

A lot of Leo’s work is instrumental, and it’s all over the spectrum from folk to blues to jazz to bluegrass.  I enjoy his goose-fart voice, and I’ve picked below one of the few songs of Leo’s that doesn’t showcase his incredible skills on the guitar.  Instead, it’s a track that shows you what kind of poet he is, with outlandish but moving lyrics spoken over a slow-moving and beautiful melody.

I love this song deeply, and despite its absurdity, or perhaps because of it, it’s made me cry more than a couple of times.  Hey, I’m man enough to admit when I’m more like a little girl.  And I can still kick your ass, or at least your sister’s.

It’s called “Jack Gets Up.”


Song: Jack Gets Up
Artist: Leo Kottke
Album: My Father’s Face
Label: BMG Music
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: iLike.com
Watch: YouTube (live)

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