Happy Good Friday to all you fine people, and it is a good Friday. How good? Well, I’ve never had anyone upload a Youtube video especially for me before — until now. So God bless my fellow Ryan Adams fan Jeff Mullins for taking the trouble, and doing a bang-up job to boot. It’s all one take and 21 minutes of him playing really good versions of a half-dozen Ryan Adams/Whiskeytown songs; and I’m delighted to report that the playlist includes two of my favorite “lost” Ryan songs from the fall of ’99, “Oh My Sweet Valentine” and “Hey There, Mrs. Lovely” (see Chapter 11 of “Losering” for some babble about both).
Check it out. Well done, Jeff, and thank you!
Can’t wait to watch…later with glass of wine!
On another point since it’s book-related and this is a book blog. There’s forthcoming book from Rowan & Littlefield called The Grateful Dead Scholars Caucus, An Informal History. So my question is: When is there going to be a DRA caucus? Papers presented on topics such as…The bridges of Ryan Adams (a look at his brilliant use the musical bridge). Or how about something on self destructive behavior and creativity (any psychologist DRA fans out there?). Or something on class issues in his lyrics (and life). The post-Whiskeytown career of Caitlin Cary. Something on Neal Casal’s photography. Best and worst covers of DRA songs (including the gruesome American Idol example). Self-deprecation and arrogance: killer songwriter persona strategy… It’s fun to just make them up if anyone else wants to play…