Still not sure how hard to push my work over at collaborative blog Star Maker Machine, where the blogging roster just keeps getting better and this week's theme is songs named after women, a.k.a. Little Black Book. In the long run, I'm thinking maybe an ongoing sidebar sectional would be more apropos; in the meantime, I'm particularly proud of a few recent posts, including a treatise on tone and delivery as carrier of emotional narrative in Leonard Cohen's Suzanne, with covers from Peter Gabriel and Nina Simone...and a single-shot posting on demo versions which uses David Crosby's early demo of Guinnevere to continue our recent discussion on B-sides, rarities, and other untrustworthy remnants.
Wanna bonus taste before you head over? Here's a relatively recent Crosby covering Gram Parsons with Lucinda Williams on harmony, and a Leonard Cohen cover by another recently featured Suzanne. Also relevant: previous posts on Leonard Cohen's Famous Blue Raincoat, female folk musicians covering Neil Young.
- David Crosby / Lucinda Williams, Return of the Grievous Angel (orig. Gram Parsons)
(from Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons)
- Suzanne Vega, Story of Isaac (orig. L. Cohen)
(from Tower of Song: The Songs of Leonard Cohen)
And speaking of Rarities and B-Sides: you have but six more days to win Sarah McLachlan's new Rarities and B-Sides collection, plus an autographed poster. Totally worth it, dude. Enter here.