As well as being an obvious title for this photo, The Sunset Tree is the title of an album by The Mountain Goats. The album includes this track, “Dance Music.” And yes, it has on its cover a better Sunset Tree photo than this one.
A couple of things prompt this post. A friend of mine from England is driving westward along route 66. He called me this morning, from around the AZ/CA border. Hence he’ll be in San Bernardino soon.
The other prompt is that the second track on the new Mountain Goats album, Heretic Pride , is called “San Bernardino.”
The album has several things in common with my favorite album of 2007. Male singer/songwriter/guitarist who records under the name of a band, often classifed as lo-fi, makes album with more instruments and fuller sound. “San Bernardino” features John Darnielle backed by strings, of all things. Goat on.