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Last week when I was in LA, I was lucky enough to visit the Parenthood set. Parenthood is one of my favorite shows on television right now and also happens to have a killer soundtrack. I heard this song at the end of last week’s episode and immediately looked up the song and downloaded it. It is the work of Joachim Cooder, son of guitar legend Ry Cooder (who has worked with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Van Morrison to name a few). After playing with his dad for years, the younger Cooder recently decided to go off on his own and record a solo album, Love on a Real Train, which was released in April of this year. However, the album is more of a compilation than a solo album. Rather than writing lyrics and performing songs, Cooder composed the tracks and then handed them off to his friends and family members to flesh out; on the album, he enlists everyone from singers Matt Costa and Robert Francis (who also happens to be his brother-in-law) to trumpeter Jon Hassell to his own wife, Juliette Commagere, each of whom lends his or her unique perspective and sound to the song.