As I tried to come up with a song for my next entry in the ol’ Challenge, it occurred to me that I hadn’t yet taken a shot at an old favorite, one I learned to sing with the jam band and with Josh: Gillian Welch’s Look at Miss Ohio. I’ve never been able to play it on the guitar, and it occurred to me that it might be worth it to try.
Of course, as I tried to play it, I discovered that I don’t have quite the guitar chops to make it sound good. I threw in a gratuitous fiddle ride because I couldn’t think of anything else to do at the moment to dress it up better — I haven’t got the chops for a proper guitar solo. Still, it was worth it to play and sing it again; my voice was feeling a little funny with the ol’ allergies kicking in, so I ended up having to play it in a lower key than usual, which was really strange, too. I really love the music that Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings make, and I wish I had the skills to play lots and lots of it. Sadly, I’m not there yet, but maybe someday I will be if I practice. (That’s how you get to Carnegie Hall, after all…)