I have admired Michael Roe's music since my high school years when I first bought his The Boat Ashore album and the 77's tom tom Blues. Roe's musical sensibility has probably influenced my own sensibilities quite a bit. He's an open book and admits to being neurotic, and generally knows how to rock. His vocals and guitarwork are equally versatile. I simply love the Mike Roe sensibility.
"Ache Beautiful," originally released on Safe As Milk, is one of his most enduring songs for me. It's a heartbreaking little ditty that he sings with just enough sensitivity to let you fall into an elemental state. Few songs exemplify the grown-up heartbreak as well as this number does. I may have been 16 years old when I first heard it, but I could tell that the song's honesty was, well, awesome.
It cheered my heart to see this video on Youtube so I can watch his fingering and learn to play it, with the solo and all. This is one of the saddest songs in the world, and its story makes it even better. Enjoy.
Here's the studio recording, a recording that helped me understand the potential emotional power of the adult contemporary sound of the 90s.
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