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A Purple Ribbon – Eddy B

April 30, 2013


As I’ve learned from a short Wikipedia search, a purple ribbon can stand for all manner of things, but it is obvious that in Eddy B‘s case, it signifies cancer. Eddy B released this song as part of his debut album HopeLess Act yesterday. “A Purple Ribbon” is one of my favorite tracks off of the album, despite its heartbreaking subject. Eddy B tells his story over an instrumental driven by a rolling military drum beat and mournful combination of sax and piano. In quick, expressive words, he shares the experience of receiving a phone call from his mother, telling him she was about to go into surgery for the unexpected resurgence of cancer. The emotional weight of this song is increased with the detail that they hadn’t spoken in a while because they had been arguing. His final verse is an affirmation of his love to her, leaving the results of this sudden and dangerous surgery unclear. The song is a beautiful way to capture the instant of shock and emotion that this call created. Give it a listen, and while you’re at it, download the whole album here.

A Purple Ribbon – Eddy B / Or Whole Album from DJBooth

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