Upcoming show: Kansas City June 05
Anticipating the show tomorrow night @CrossroadsKC I found myself refreshing my hearts memory with some downloads and live recordings on Youtube. I came across a "One Hour Live Acoustic recording" posted on 3/5/12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dJ-p-I2o7M
I was struck by the intimacy of Harper's stage presence, and his candid nature regarding a cover of Marvin Gay--you know the one. At the end of the song he mentions that some people get upset when artists do a cover, and that these songs are sacred, and shouldn't be covered. He goes on to say that he feels like it is a compliment when someone covers his songs, and that some people sing his songs better than him. I found this to be very humble.
While not on this recording, this lead me to think about a song from his 1994 Album, "Welcome to the Cruel World", Forever. This song has a special meaning to me--in more ways than one. I was only 12 years old when this song came out, but as the years passed, and i made mix tapes, then CD mixes, and now playlists on my ipod, the song continued to make its way on the list. more»