The Baseball Project – Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails

Do you have any traditions? My dad and I travel each year to a different baseball stadium on Father’s Day Weekend. We’ve been to Fenway and Wrigley; we sat in the bleachers at Dodger Stadium then drove down the Pacific Coast Highway to Petco Park in San Diego; we were very impressed with the culture and beauty in Pittsburgh. Baseball is life. And it has been the main way that I have bonded with my dad since I was a toddler.

Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails is super interesting to me because the concept is so intriguing: songs about baseball stories, legends, and memories. It is a supergroup, basically R.E.M. and The Dream Syndicate, singing about America’s Pastime.

The music is very much alternative rock, but not the heavy side of early alternative and not the eclectic and electronic side of modern alternative rock. Instead, this sounds like Tom Petty in the 90s. It is laid back rock n roll that has a touch of California folk rock and a touch of Southernness.

The real gems on Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails are the stories behind the songs. The gatefold cover opens up to reveal not only the lyrics on this record but the reasons for the songs. Listening to this album will teach you about where free agency comes from, the fact that perfect pitching never guarantees a win, the mysterious death of an early baseball great, and more.

The songs on this album are not immediately sing-a-long-able, but they definitely grow on you.  This record can be enjoyed by music fans but brings forth a whole different connotation for baseball fans.

 

My favorite track: The Death of Big Ed Delahanty

 

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