Saturday, December 31, 2011
Songs of the Year - #4 - "Here Lies Carl Mays"
The Baseball Project started out as a lark - a group of veteran musicians, including Steve Wynn from The Dream Syndicate and Peter Buck of R.E.M., getting together in their spare time to write and play songs about baseball. Two terrific albums in (the first one is the best, but the second one is just fine), the project shows no signs of slowing down.
This is my favorite song on the second album, an elegy to Carl Mays, the man made famous in baseball history (infamous is probably the better word) for throwing the pitch that killed Roy Chapman. This tells his story, and it is a great (albeit sad) one.