r&r diary – Sad Songs – 5.22.12

Someone once asked Townes Van Zandt, “How come most of your songs are sad songs?”  Townes answered: “I don’t think they are all that sad. I have a few that aren’t sad, they’re like… hopeless.  Totally hopeless situation, and the rest aren’t sad, they’re just the way it goes. I mean, you know, you don’t think life is sad?”  Yes, life is sad. And beautiful. Townes was an amazing songwriter. In our live set we often play a cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “Nothing.” We take it from a hushed whisper to a raucous roar. Our version was inspired by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ take on their glistening “Raising Sand.” Powerful, inspiring, radiant. Sad.

From TVZ’s Nothing:

Being born is going blind
And buying down a thousand times
To echoes strung
On pure temptation

Sorrow and solitude
These are the precious things
And the only words
That are worth rememberin’

– Jammer

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