That song is so good! Roy!
We don’t play many covers. I don’t know why really. Maybe it’s the fact that we have two (no, three! (Josh is writing now!)) songwriters? Whatever the reason: we started learning a new one last night: Crying, by Mr. Roy Orbison. It’s so good!
It’s surprisingly short too. You forget how short it is. I think that contributes to its goodness (wow: I am seriously writing like Tarzan today). It leaves you wanting so much more. And he sings like a damn banshee on it. His warble really was the best ever.
So I’m seriously giving gobs of reasons why we shouldn’t cover this song. Some songs just shouldn’t be covered: that’s my feeling; songs that are never going to be better. Crying will never be better. Hey Jude will never be better. I Saw The Sign will never be… wait a minute, how’d that get in there? (is that even what’s it called?) But maybe playing them live is okay?
I guess I just don’t get why people record really good songs: you’re just going to make everyone want to go back and listen to the original. I don’t know how, but I really got into this string quartet version of OK Computer once (how do things like this happen?) and I’d get two songs in and switch it out for the good stuff. I mean: I guess it served its purpose, but what’s Radiohead without Thom’s voice? Violin Thom just wasn’t cutting it.
I don’t know how we’ll break up the vocal duties. I wanted Nic and I to split the verses and have Josh take the choruses (Josh, though he has a lovely voice, hasn’t sung yet for the band – we’re determined to change that!), but maybe we’ll all just sing our little hearts out the whole way through: it really is a damn joy to sing.