A little background … it was likely the summer of 2000, 10 years ago now, that I was experiencing the perfect summer night in Los Angeles. The Frames had probably just played somewhere to about 5 people (this was pre-Swell Season) and people were gathering at someone’s house in the valley. They had a hot tub, and yes, I was in the hot tub with Glen Hansard. No hanky panky though, just drinking some beer and talking about music. I did start to think I was in heaven though, when I heard someone behind me with an acoustic guitar beautifully playing an impressive song that began “If I could trace, the line that ran, between your smile and your sleight of hand, I would guess that you put, something up my sleeve. Everytime I see your face, the bells ring in a far off place, we can find each other this way I believe… Come and find me, now …”
Just sitting around at a house party, Josh Ritter wasn’t even playing it to anyone in particular, just playing it. I thought “Am I a little too drunk or is that just about the best song ever?” Subsequently we were introduced, (he said he was from Idaho, I said “the band?”), addresses were exchanged, an EP came my way shortly and in the sober light of day I listened to “Come And Find Me” again and decided it pretty much was the best song ever. Fast forward through 11 years, five stellar albums, at least 8 or 9 incredible live shows, a lovely friendship and many more ‘best songs ever’, I have the great pleasure of placing the first song I ever heard Josh Ritter play into a TV show called Castle.
You can hear it the almost-romantic scene between Castle & Beckett in the episode titled “To Live And Die In L.A.”, that first aired on May 2, 2011. Find the archive on ABC’s Castle site.
Other awesome (if I do say so myself) music in this episode:
Until next week!