(Planet of Sound is a bi-weekly speculative fiction music feature.)
Last thing I remember is the freezing cold
Water reaching up just to swallow me whole
Ice in the rigging and the howling wind
Shock to my body as we tumbled in
James Taylor, the original JT, may not be most people’s idea of cool these days—but what’s cooler than being cool?
How about being frozen?
Inspired by the exhumation of the ice-preserved body of John Torrington, Taylor gave us the first person narrative of a 19th century sailor not merely exhumed, but revived, in “The Frozen Man,” off his 1991 album New Moon Shine. In other words, the man the New York Times referred to as the “foremost contemporary composer of what you might call American lullabies” here offers a gentle, folksy song about primitive accidental cryonics.
[Lord have mercy on the frozen man.]