Songs You May Have Missed #556


Mike Errico: “When She Walks By” (1999)

New York City singer-songwriter/author/lecturing Yale professor Mike Errico paints a picture of an “old and broken” man who takes aim at neighbor kids in his yard with a slingshot. But the song has a heart as well as a point–which is made with an effective combination of humor and pathos.


Errico deals in the kind of acoustic-based folk/soul blend that may bring Ben Harper or Mike Doughty to mind. Consensus among fans seems to be that his live shows are superior to his recordings, and his recordings sound best when they sound like his live shows–which is to say, stripped down and elemental like this tune.

If you like this I’d recommend checking out David Wilcox, who is featured elsewhere on this blog.

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