I‘m going to interrupt my terrible music streak here on the blog with a fantastic song by a little-known musician — a guy named Jim Sullivan, who made a brilliant country-rock album in 1969 that went nowhere at the time, but finally started getting some of the attention it deserved after being reissued earlier this decade. I discovered it a couple of months ago.
Today, I’ve had it in heavy rotation as I’ve tried to clear my head. at least temporarily, of Trump. The whole album is great, but the best song on it is the enigmatic “UFO,” with its lush stings and its off-kilter lyrics wondering out loud if Jesus might be returning to earth via flying saucer.
Sullivan’s life was as mysterious as his lyrics. In 1975, heading from LA to Nashville in hopes of resurrecting his music career, he apparently wandered off into the desert and vanished forever.
For more on Sullivan, check out the videos below or this blog post by the guy who reissued the album.