There is an error in Shadows and Ghosts.
During occasional battles with an ongoing obsession over symmetry and accuracy, I’ve considered correcting it…but only momentarily.
Redbone’s interpretation is slightly off-kilter: the intonation struggles in places, and there are extra beats sprinkled throughout. But I love it. Its off-balance rhythmic irregularities, the nasal grit in Redbone’s voice, the imperfect instrumental tones and pitches feel fresh and authentic. They transform a great song into a greater one.
My mother was a perfectionist. Today we would likely say her attention to detail was compulsive. But that compulsiveness got her far, made her successful at everything she did. Although I’ve spent most of life as an unapologetic underachiever, I have…
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