You know, I’m not really a huge Neil Young fan. I mean, I like a lot of his songs, and I have nothing but respect for the guy’s work, but it’s just not music I spend a huge amount of time with. I enjoy it when I do hear it, but…well, I just don’t go out of my way for it (although it really would be worth it to do so). Still, I’m running low of short-prep songs, so I decided to try one that I’ve spent some of that time with (at jams, or backing up other musicians): “Heart of Gold.”
I didn’t do anything really interesting with it, although necessity (i.e., the fact that I cannot play the harmonica) dictated the need to introduce a lot of fiddle fill. It’s not a song that sits well in my voice, so I can’t really do much with it vocally that doesn’t go all karaokewise (bleah). For me, the big fun in learning this one was actually playing the bass part, which is actually kind of cool. This time, although I did everything else acoustic, I wanted the fuller sound I can get from the electric bass, so I pulled out the Hofner (which is always sweet).