Originals....

.... a friend of mine called me up the other day, and during the course of conversation he asked me a question, chiefly, "What the hell is up with your Tom Waits addiction?".....

... and really, it is a fair question...... after all, like Beefheart, Zevon, Zappa, etc., Mr. Waits can be a bit hard to swallow sometimes.... but really, it comes down to the poetry of his words - and not his voice - that causes my OCD mind to enjoy his art to the degree that I do.....

... anyway, my ole pal Bitterman recently posted a true treat as well.... and that, combined with the conversation I had with my friend, made me start thinking about Originals.... I touched on the subject a few years ago, actually, when waxing on about 'Pancho and Lefty'...... but now?..... well, after watching Darrel Scott's soulful performance of a song that HE WROTE and comparing it with the soulless Travis Tritt version that became famous, I just have to give the man some credit.... Darrel Scott sings that song as it was meant to be sung... he wrote it, he felt it, and he LIVED it......

.... and that kind of emotion cannot be faked..... and that is why - regardless of the clarity of voice, the expense of the back-up groups, and the light show - artists singing THEIR own songs are always the best...... because, in the end, they are the most honest rendition of the song in its purity...... and as a case in point, here are a few examples of what I mean.......

... here is Waits singing a song that he wrote.....



... and here is Sara McLachlan covering the same song....

... and here's Townes Van Zandt singing one of my favorites..... the "interview" beforehand is absolutely amazing.....

... and then here is a more commercial version.......

.... and just because I'm in the mood, here's another Townes original........ and, quite frankly, my favorite version.....

... and of course, Willie singing the same song.......

..... Originals, folks...... there really aren't that many around anymore........

by Eric on April 11, 2011 | Bullshit (2) | TrackBack (0) | Music
Bullshit So Far

When Van Zandt started telling how he wrote the song, I thought it was going to be some bullshit like Ray Wiley Hubbard always puts out - and I'm still not sure. And to live with Guy Clark - now there is a song writer.

Bullshitted by Lou on April 12, 2011 06:47 AM

That Emmylou Harris/TVZ song is too beautiful for words. What a sweet, lovely ballad.

Bullshitted by Erica Sherman on April 14, 2011 12:45 AM