Our Lady of Baggage Claim

by The Arches

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Sven B. Schreiber "The Arches" are THE band in my collection with the highest "MMMM Coeffiient" (Magnificent Music Made per Month). Once again, the thoughtful tongue-in-cheek liner notes of an "Arches" album already convinced me before listening to a single note in the first place. The ironic narration about poor Mother Mary, stranded in plastic wraps in the luggage compartment of a plane, finally turning into an allegory about the need for more human helpfulness, is both touching and funny. The music on this 13-minute mini album starts out in more keyboard-loaded fashion, as observed on some of the more recent "Arches" releases, but eventually returns to the dry and crunchy guitar riffs "The Arches" are renowned for. To end this comment on a high note, I'll just add: "Our Lady of Baggage Claim - help us to Be a Rainbow for others!" Favorite track: All of Us.


No one helped her remove the wrapped object from the overhead bin on the plane. The lady left the plane with the Virgin Mary over her shoulder wrapped in clear plastic. As I followed her down to Baggage Claim, I wondered whether Mary’s prayer range was mitigated by the plastic? Surely, there are other Mary’s around the planet not wrapped in plastic, so the beacon or receptor of prayers should still be adequate. Heading down to baggage claim, waiting for the stuff we brought to our destination, I pondered these thoughts; Where had Mary come from? Where was she going? Was she on her way to sit in an alcove at a Catholic church or maybe coming from a church demolition and was going to reside in this woman’s garden watching over her tomatoes? Then I realized, that I didn't even think to help this woman carry Mary. Maybe Mary was her "cross to bear"? As everyone was positioning themselves for the best view down the conveyor to see if their bag was with the next one down the chute, I noticed some people barged through to grab their bags while others helped remove bags for others. If you look for them, there are always helpers. Am I a helper?

Thought Prayer: “Our Lady of Baggage Claim, please help us see and respond to people in need. We need All of Us to help each other out. Help us Be a Rainbow for others.” Amen


released March 25, 2018

The Arches are:

Murphy Spark- Lead Guitar, Bass
Nova Williams - Rhythm Guitar
Jessica Fury – Drum Kit, Samples
Nina Blade – Piano, Synth, Bass, & Samples

Special Guests:
Hartford Memorial Strings
Elizabeth Aimes - Vocals
The Cincinnati St. John's Men's Chorus

Album cover photo & concept by MLS
Mixed– by the band at Swany River Studios
All songs & arrangements by Mark L Swanson


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The Arches are a Minneapolis Instrumental band spreading love and kindness around the world. Our songs are simple sketches of studio performances.


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