A Song and a Story: “Oliver’s Army” #AtoZChallenge


Would you like to buy an “O?”  Our “O” today is a cover of an Elvis Costello song by Peter Mulvey:

Oliver’s Army

One of the things I enjoyed most about Boston when I first moved here 20 years was the lively folk music scene.  Before my children were born, I spent many nights a week at concerts, festivals, or volunteering at Club Passim in Cambridge.  But in Boston, Cambridge and Somerville, it wasn’t necessary to go to a club to hear great music.  Buskers would attract crowds on the sidewalks and MBTA platforms.  Sometimes you’d even see some fairly well-known artists playing a T station as they found it a good place to practice new songs and get audience feedback.

One of these artists is Peter Mulvey, who has a strong following in the indie folk scene. While based in Milwaukee, Mulvey got his start busking on the T in the 1990s.  In 2002, Susan & I spotted him playing “Oliver’s Army” on the platform in Davis Square.  When he finished playing, he told us he was actually recording an album!  I’d never seen someone recording an album before, but Mulvey did indeed release his collection of cover songs – complete with the screeching steel wheels of the subway – Ten Thousand Mornings, later that year.  We also saw him perform at Club Passim, and when Susan lost her purse, he was the one to find it, but that’s a different story.


2019 Blogging A to Z Challenge – A Song and a Story

A: Always on My Mind
B: Baby Come Back and Baker Street
C: Cheek to Cheek
D: Don’t Worry, Be Happy and Doctor Jones
E: Everyday Sunshine
F: Fly Me to the Moon
G: Ghost Town
H: Hobo Humpin’ Slobo Babe
I: If I Were John Carpenter
J: Jungle Strut and Justified & Ancient
K: Kiss
L: Loaded
M: Marble Halls and My Moon, My Man
N: New York, New York

If you want to read more, check out my previous Blogging A to Z Challenges:

And dig deep into Panorama of the Mountains, by checking out my:

And, if you like Doctor Who, I have a whole ‘nother blog where I review Doctor Who stories across media: Epic Mandates.

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