Glen Hansard – It Was Triumph We Once Proposed (2015)
It can get awkward listening to the music of a Kurt Cobain, a Daniel Johnson or so many others who have struggled with mental health and/or addiction. It’s like reading someone’s diary after a tragedy; as much as you’re drawn to the raw emotions, it feels invasive and maybe disrespectful.
Triumph, a 5-song EP, works because Jason Molina’s words written in personal torment are sung back to him with love by Glen Hansard.
No one should have to be that strong
But if you’re stubborn like me
I know what you’re trying to be
Those who know the gentle Irishman by his covers and movie work may be surprised to learn he was a Jason Molina fan before almost anyone else. They became friends and toured together, but behind Molina prodigious talents was a deeply troubled alcoholic and despite their best efforts, all the music world’s kings and horses couldn’t hold him together.