(It’s Patty Griffin week. She will be in concert at the Alys Stephens Center this Friday.)

A couple years after purchasing Patty Griffin’s first album, a new one was released.

It was friday night and I had a softball game. We only had one car in Seminary so I picked Bethany up from work and we went to a place called Crazy Bowls and Wraps for the first time. Next to it was a music store local to St. Louis. After eating we went over there to kill some time before I had to turn double plays at Short and then hit home runs.

And that is when I saw 1000 Kisses. We had been listening to lot of peers lately – Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Alison Krauss, Gilian Welch – so we picked it up, paid for it and got in the car. From the first song – “Rain” – we were hooked.

I can remember sitting in our Honda Accord listening to her sing and being moved by the power of her voice. I can remember being anxious to hear more after the game. And I can remember listening to that album so often we had to make the decision to listen to something else for awhile.

A few months later I acted as the head of her street team to get the word out about her show in St. Louis. She played almost the whole album that night.

It’s a flawless album. Below is the first tune that filled our car on that friday night nine years ago.

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