One of the covers that’s stuck with me through playing with lots of different people is Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason,” a sweet ol’ bluesy groove of a song that’s usually cool for both the audience and the players. It just makes me smile to sing it.
Usually, when I play it with Josh or with the jam band, it rocks along something like this. For today’s entry in the challenge, though, I had to figure out how to play it by myself, which presented some — ehem — difficulty. I am fortunate enough to play with some really terrific guitar players, you see, which generally spares me to need to do anything stringy on a song like this. They get to do neat stuff, I get to sing, and we all let ‘er rip. It works. Figuring out how to make my very, very limited guitar skills do the job for this song was embarrassingly hard.
I finally decided (because I am too damn lazy to learn to do it properly) that I would rearrange the thing a little. Thus do our limitations define our art (heh).