365 DotU, Day 119 Is Walking Backwards In Its Hometown

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.


About L. M. Bernhardt

For a good long while (15 years or so), I taught philosophy at a little private university in northwest IA, and occasionally branched out into playing music, dabbling in photography, experimenting with food, and writing nonsense on my blog. The philosophy teaching part ended in 2017 (program elimination via prioritization), but never fear! I've just finished my MLIS at San Jose State University, and I'm currently on the market looking for new adventures in either philosophy or LIS. For now, I labor at a fairly interesting administrative job in order to support my dogs in the lavish manner to which they've become accustomed.
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