As with Thoreau’s “Walden Pond” and Whitman's “Leaves Of Grass,” the effect of listening to this roaming “Buffalo” is not of eavesdropping, but of actually being with the poet/songwriter in real time as he immerses himself in the natural world. The madness of civilization is brought to its knees via songs like “Divided By Animal,” “Ramblin’ Bones,” and “Dear Brown Earth,” and along the way there we are with Weaver, methodically pedaling down the highway on “the right side of the rain” or otherwise hitching a ride on his Zen and the art of bicycle maintenance trip.
Mr. Walsh, a former CityPages music editor and award-winning columnist for the Pioneer Press, writes about music and culture. He is the author of the oral history "The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting." Buy "I Would Rather Be A Buffalo" on itunes.