Tragic Loss

Emerging folk musician Taylor Mitchell, 19, died Wednesday from injuries she suffered during a coyote attack while hiking alone in a national park in eastern Canada.

Mitchell, a singer-songwriter, was touring the Eastern Coast to promote her new album when the horrible incident occurred. Mitchell was an up-and-coming folk musician who was nominated for a 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award in the Performer of the Year category.

The young musician was hiking solo on a trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia on Tuesday, hours before her scheduled appearance at a local folk music venue, when two coyotes confronted her and attacked. Other hikers in the area heard her screams and called 911. Emergency personnel and park rangers responded within minutes

She was evacuated by airlift to a Halifax hospital in critical condition, suffering from severe blood loss and numerous severe lacerations. According to authorities, Mitchell died from her injuries Wednesday morning.

According to park officials, there is no record of anyone ever having been attacked by coyotes in or around the park. Rangers could not speculate why the attack took place. One of the coyotes involved in the attack was destroyed at the scene, and the other is still being sought.

I had just begun hearing good things about her a few weeks ago through some of the folk music contacts I have. Here is a song titled, “Don’t Know How I Got Here” from her album “For Your Consideration”, released earlier this year.

Nick Cave Song of Joy

A song by Nick Cave called “Song of Joy.” It’s a deliberate misdirection on his part. There is nothing about the song that pretends to be joyful. It’s about a triple murder and is story-telling at its best in the guise of song. The Joy in the song is the teller’s wife who was one of the murder victims. It’s a brooding, depressing, and yet satisfying story that could have been written by Edgar Allan Poe if he were a song writer. I sometimes wonder if Cave isn’t the reincarnation of Poe.

This song is from his seminal album, “Murder Ballads”, my favorite work of one of my favorite singer/songwriters. Some of the “Murder Ballads” is very rough to take, but as a whole, it is a great sociological look at the mind and actions of murderers and victims of different stripes.

Enjoy this one. While it isn’t a Halloween song, per se, it is definitely Halloween in spirit and mood.