When the Lake Avenue Jam Band first came together to play, we did some brainstorming and song-exchanging in order to build our first cover set. We discovered, in that exchange, both some striking differences and some pretty cool points of agreement. We found some songs we could play, and others that we just couldn’t. Some we kept, some we left behind. On the whole, though, it was often a really interesting process — we had to learn what we could do as well as what we really wanted to do (and that these were not always the same thing).
Among the songs that came out of that first brainstorming exchange and remained on our set lists for a while was an old Melissa Etheridge rocker that I just adore, Bring Me Some Water. It’s got some blues crunch, it can rock right along, and there’s enough contrast built into the song to make it interesting. I always figured that, without the rest of the band, there wasn’t much point in performing it. It’s the sort of thing that’s most joyfully done with others.
Still, when I agreed to play the King’s Pointe gig by myself, I had to come up with a LOT of songs (just to be sure I had enough for roughly 3 hours of Enhanced Muzak), so I delved into the Jam Band cover collection to find something worth trying. “Bring Me Some Water” seemed like as good as choice as any for me to try to figure out how to play, so I gave it a shot.
A bit awkward, I guess, but not too bad. Still, I think this is definitely a song that sounds best played with others — rocking out on it is so much cooler with drums and bass and some big ol’ electric guitar noises!