I love it when the iPod Gods shuffle the perfect song into an otherwise gloomy day. Today I rediscovered this little gem and thought I’d share it the hopes that it might make someone else’s heart happy.
Today's ray of sunshine is a cover- something we love discussing at BlindedBySound- the good, the bad, the unforgivable.
Today's cover the now-defunct bluegrass trio Nickel Creek taking a run at Wilco's strangely wonderful "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart" from their landmark, breakthrough album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
Anytime a band I love covers another band I love, I’m interested- throw in Chris Thile’s mandolin magic and I’m stalker-level interested. So, did it work?
I don’t know much about how the song came to be, or even how I even found it years ago. Thile’s voice, young and vibrant, combined with the happy acoustic sounds of the mandolin and fiddle completely changes the sonic landscape of the song. Gone is Jeff Tweedy’s melodic, melancholy voice singing sinister lyrics like:
Take off your Band-Aid because I don't believe in touchdowns
What was I thinking when I said hello?
The end result? A pretty nice tribute to Wilco from some pretty gifted musicians. Nickel Creek fans will appreciate the nice tie in at the end to the bands song “The Lighthouses Tail.” Give it a listen and tell me what you think.