- Hear the
& 12 String
"Easter" had always been one of those tunes that
hits the spot for me, because I like both to
have more rhythm and sustain acoustically than a
lot of players go for. That little pulled
harmonic always gets me. It was the first time I
had heard anything like that. "Easter" was just
finding out that there were other ways to make
noises on the guitar. In that case, it was from
pulling the B string behind the nut and treating
it like a pedal steel.
This live version is the only recorded version
of this song. Played in Standard
Different than the Mudlark
version. This contains portions of "Doc's
Guitar" by Doc
- Living in
Standing in My Shoes
& 12 String
Medley: Crow River Waltz, Jesu, Joy of Man's
Desiring, Jack Fig
One of the things that haunted me back then was
that all of my tunes were three minutes long.
The "Medley" gives me a chance to stretch and do
something a little more dramatic over a longer
period of time. It was a real natural thing to
do. Since then I have continued to play some
kind of version of that at the end of a set. The
pieces that I play now are different than what
is in there, except for "Jack Fig."
Feet Are Smiling" is a pretty popular record, so
it is always a little dangerous to disparage it,
but it rushes like crazy. Everything just speeds
up. I might start with something resembling a
tempo , but within just a few bars, I would step
on the accelerator.
I have learned that one
of your worst enemies onstage is to get excited
in the wrong way. There is a way to have too
good of a time, and you cannot do that. You have
to learn that it is not about the playing; it is
about the piece, whether you are improvising, or
whether you are playing a composition.
On that record, and for
a long time, I would take all of my energy and
inclination and just give it full rein. I
wouldn't moderate anything. I wouldn't measure
anything, and it is a very "young" way to play.
I was very susceptible to that kind of thing.
Nowadays I am better. I still have to watch out,
because I still have too much fun.