Bound For Glory

Time to convey another piece on music appreciation and share with you a group and one of their tunes that I find remarkable.

There’s a wonderful band called the Tedeschi Trucks Band that has a great sound that their website refers to as “a mix of many great traditions like Delta blues and Memphis soul, Sixties rock and Seventies funk [and they all] flow together naturally, blending with an entirely original, modern sensibility.”

One of the signature pieces on their “Revelator” album is a soulful gospel tune entitled Bound for Glory.  In fact when you first hear it you’ll honestly believe it’s sung by some professional black gospel group.  The female lead for this group is Susan Tedeschi whose rich alto chords are the perfect pitch for this piece with background vocals and brass, accompanied by her partner/husband and lead guitarist Derek Trucks.  The lyrics to this “rowdy revival” piece were written by one of their male vocalist, Mike Mattison, whose concept wasn’t the imagery of a boisterous hand-clapping, foot stomping tent revival, though that’s the sensation you may experience.

As Susan tells it in a video on how this number was recorded, it’s “about when you’re asleep and you’re sort of in that dream and you’re trying to finish that dream and, you know, you don’t want to get up because you don’t want to miss out on what’s going to happen at the end of that dream.”

Whatever the inspiration though it is one of those rare tunes that you just cannot sit still to.  You are compelled to stand up and move your body in rhythm to the beat with your eyes closed and your hands clapping, almost expecting to hear a voice shout out “thank you Jesus”

Tell your story
Roll the truth around your head
Bound for glory
I ain’t getting out of this bed
The sun comes struggling on
Yesterday’s dead and gone

Tell your story
Put the night back in your veins
Bound for glory
I ain’t coming to again
The sun comes struggling on
Yesterday’s dead and gone
And I feel I’m bound for glory
Dreaming in a cowboy song
I feel I’m bound for glory

Can you feel it?
Bound for glory!
Can you feel it?
Glory bound!
Can you feel it?
Bound for glory!

Tell your story
Roll the truth around your head
Bound for glory
I ain’t getting out of this bed
The sun comes struggling on
Yesterday’s dead and gone
And I feel I’m bound for glory
Dreaming in a cowboy song
I feel I’m bound for glory

Can you feel it?
Bound for glory!
Can you feel it?
Glory bound!
Can you feel it?
Bound for glory!

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5 responses to “Bound For Glory

  1. Loved it. I’m a big Susan Tedeschi fan. Especially her album “Just Won’t Burn”. Also like a couple of your Texas gals: Lou Ann Barton and Sue Foley.

  2. Pingback: Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks Band – Key to the Highway -12.28.08 « Throughhisown's Weblog·

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