If there’s a more mournful and sad sound than the violin introduction to the song “Crash Of Akron” I’d like to hear it. Bob Miller’s “Crash Of Akron” is taken from People Take Warning on Tompkins Square. This 3 disc set of “Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs” contains a 48 page booklet with an introduction by Tom Waits. Here’s an excerpt:
“In the late 1920′s and early 1930′s, the Depression gripped the Nation. It was a time when songs were tools for living. A whole community would turn out to mourn the loss of a member and to sow their songs like seeds. This collection is a wild garden grown from those seeds.”
The Akron was a rigid helium filled airship like the Hindenburg. It crashed in 1933 killing 73 people on board. This historical song is of a kind that has vanished along with that ship. I commend Tompkins Square for compiling this impressive set. You can buy it here.