Thursday, April 12, 2012

Full Circle

After decades of assembling his own rustic discography, the wise Willie Nelson has now had quite the year for covering classics. First he took a beautiful whack at the timeless Coldplay ballad "The Scientist" and now he's taken on one of my all-time favourite tunes - only enhancing its melodic beauty with his legendary uncomplicated approach to folk-rock. Leaving the essence of the Eddie Vedder classic nearly the same - the picking chords, sliding guitar and profound lyrics untouched - but massaging his old country twang, plain vocals and a new guitar hook into the track, Pearl Jam's "Just Breathe" has only become more so one of the more breathtaking songs in my music library.

Also, it's funny that I wrote about the purity of this PJ ballad almost one year ago to the date - and now have discovered this fresh spin only five days ago. Listen to both - because like I said last year, they really will change your life!

Willie's Take

The Original

Pretty little lyric:

"I’m a lucky man to count on both hands the ones I love/ Some folks just have one, others they got none/ Stay with me, let’s just breathe/ Practiced are my sins, never gonna let me win/Under everything, just another human being/ I don’t wanna hurt, there’s so much in this world to make me bleed/ Stay with me, you’re all I see."

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