Monday morning already? Must be time for some Monday Morning Blues!
As you’ve no doubt guessed from the title, I have something a bit different for you this morning: my take on a song from Beck’s extraordinary 1994 album Mellow Gold. If you can wear new grooves into a cd, then I wore new grooves into Mellow Gold when it came out. The musical stew Beck cooked up was pungent, savory (& unsavory too!) & just downright delicious to the ear.
But of course, the further question is: why would I decide to add the song to my repertoire? There are plenty of songs by any number of artists that I like a lot & yet wouldn’t consider playing myself simply because they wouldn’t fit with my abilities & strengths. There are also songs that would work musically, but won’t work in terms of the lyrics, either because I personally find the words problematic or simply because they’d sound a bit silly (in my opinion) sung by someone who’s just months away from qualifying for the senior discount. That’s not to say I can’t connect with a younger self when singing, but the more macho posturing lyrics (for instance) are just not me at this point in my life!
But “Whiskeyclone, Hotel City, 1997” worked immediately. I think I got this on the second take, & with very little rehearsal. The chord progression just seem to ask for slide work, as it moves thru an odd assembly of (by & large) major chords. I assume the key center is A, tho I end the song on a C# chord. I played “Whiskeyclone, Hotel City, 1997” on my Gold Tone resonator, tuned to open D & capoed on the second fret.
As this post is being written, I've wound up the actual recording for the two cds I want to have in hand by the start of the spring performing season. Now there’s some further mixing & mastering. I feel really good about the recordings I’ve made this winter & I’m excited to see the project move toward completion. There’ll be more news on this as things progress!
In the meantime: please enjoy “Whiskeyclone, Hotel City, 1997”!