A French-American family

Moriarty: Cottonflower from Gee Whiz But This Is a Lonesome Town

The first time I heard the name of this band I thought of Dean Moriarty, the hero of On the Road, Jack Kerouac’s travelling buddy who was called Neal Cassady in real life. At the same time I was pretty sure that it wasn’t him who inspired the band name. Apparently I was wrong.

I like the song almost as much as the other one about a man with a suitcase and a woman dancing with him in the train which they also played but which is not on the album. Cottonflower is a slow affair. I can see the American prairie or is it the Mississippi delta? It’s a view of the plains which bend down at the horizon. There is a lot of dust on the fields, there are people working in the evening sun there. And there is a sad voice of a woman singing about someone she is in love with who doesn’t turn off the tv, or something like that. It’s a song which feels like home, in a way. That’s how I felt at the concert on Thursday. In a familiar place, cosy. The Moriartys emanate a warmth and devotion like few other bands. When they all – they are five without the drummer – stood close to each other in front of the one and only microphone on Thursday I had the impression of seeing a family who had found itself.

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