- Tuesday, March 01, 2005
- I Want You to Be My Love
- Drunkard's Prayer
- Hush Now (Stella's Tarantella)
- Lookin' Forward
- Little Did I Know
- Who Will Guard the Door
- My Funny Valentine
Over the Rhine's humble-yet-illustrious career has earned them widespread critical acclaim and a passionate following, but it almost ended in 2003 while the husband-wife duo was on tour for their previous double-disc release, Ohio. A friend who saw them in concert with me at that time noted that they seemed a little sad and tired, despite their knockout performance. Sure enough, a few days later, they canceled the rest of the tour. They publicly cited burnout, but privately, lead singer Karin Bergquist and keyboardist Linford Detweiler realized their marriage was in trouble.
"There was very little energy or creativity or time left over for our marriage, and it was taking a toll," Detweiler said recently. "We had to learn that putting a long-term relationship on autopilot indefinitely can be dangerous. … We opted to start over, reinvent our own relationship, and … redirect the same thought and energy that we had been putting into writing and performing, toward our life at home together. We prayed a lot. Our friends prayed a lot. It was the beginning of a wonderful new chapter for us. And hopefully, some of what we've learned has not only made us better people, but better songwriters."
It's refreshing to see a talented act like OTR do the right thing by putting their marriage ahead of their music. Now the couple says their nine-year marriage is stronger than ever, with hopes of starting a family soon. In the wake of all this honesty and soul searching, Over the Rhine yields what could well be their most personal collection of songs.
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That blending of intimacy and spirituality has endeared OTR to fans over the years, but
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