Tom Eddy's Parisian Love Song, "Bread Maker's Blues," Is Poignant In Its Simplicity

The local songwriter Tom Eddy--of the Doldrums and occasionally of Beat Connection--recorded a six-song solo EP called The Art of Escaping this past spring; he's since spent his summer abroad in France and set aside part of his traveling time to write and record a new song.

"The Bread Maker's Blues"* was conceived and recorded in Paris; it's a homesick love song--"I thought days on you and what do I get/I get a whole lot of nothin' trapped inside of my head"--with an ultra-simple vocal melody and acoustic guitar line. The song sounds even sparser than Eddy's usual gentle indie-folk material, and part of that is due as much to the circumstances as to the concept. He recorded the song in an ancient wooden staircase in the apartment where he was staying using a little condenser mike. "The sound of the room was so interesting that I didn't really edit it much," Eddy told me.

Ultimately the bare acoustics only serve to make the song more delicate and poignant, giving it the stripped-down atmosphere of a Leonard Cohen song.

You can download "The Bread Maker's Blues" for free on Eddy's Bandcamp page.

*Fun fact: Eddy does actually bake homemade baguettes. Yes, ladies, it's true.

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