I’ve already nattered on to everyone and sundry about how awesome Gillian Welch and David Rawlings are. I am grateful to have encountered the music they make, and totally awed by how they make it. Welch’s The Harrow and the Harvest is an absolutely perfect record, and there’s not a song on it that isn’t worth hearing or playing. It’s aspirational stuff for me — I’m slowly getting better on the guitar, and therefore slowly getting closer to being able to play some of these songs and make them sound cool-ish. I only wish I could write songs like these!
Today’s attempt is one that I’ve heard made better by friends of mine, in fact — my friend and occasional bandmate Bridget (awesome songwriter and cool human being) and my friend and more regular bandmate Josh covered it for a show of Bridget’s not long ago, and it sounded very, very cool (because — this just in — they are awesome). I tried to learn it once with Andy Juhl, and I just couldn’t wrap my brain around the timing, so we never really made a go of it.
Still, I love the song, and I wanted to try it, so I tried to figure it out.
I didn’t bother with the cool guitar stuff, mostly because I just didn’t feel up to it (there aren’t enough hours in the day to get the takes in to make me sound like David Rawlings…), so it ends a bit abruptly. It was kind of fun to figure the second vocal out, though, so I slapped it on there. Whee! I think I’ve still gone funny on some of the timing, but it sounds like a coherent song anyway.