Thursday, October 23, 2014

“Blood I Bled” by The Staves – A Song Review

     Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination.”  That quote is on the Facebook page of The Staves [The quote is attributed to Jim Jarmusch, an independent film director, screenwriter, actor...] So, it should come as no surprise when you listen to the song “Blood I Bled” and find yourself concluding “Hey, I know that note” after only 42 seconds.
     What’s the note? It originally belonged to Joni Mitchell. Not the Joni Mitchell of the 1990s or even the 1980s. Instead, it’s very early Joni Mitchell; the one who hit and held those notes in the late ‘60s and very early ‘70s. Embedded in this post is a 1970 live performance of her song “Woodstock.” The live performance doesn’t nail “that note,” but we like her opening story. 
     The Staves are three sisters in London, with the band name derived from the first syllable of their hyphenated surname. The members are Emily (vocals), Jessica (vocals, guitar) and Camilla Staveley-Taylor (vocals, ukulele).
     Obviously, the song “Blood I Bled” is more than the note. (in fact, the “note” is more than a single note - it's a Mitchellesque fluctuation within the four second span that starts at 0:38). The song also incorporates horns at 1:28 and strings at 3:08. Wherever The Staves go to steal, we hope they make the trip often.

      “Blood I Bled” by The Staves

“Woodstock” by Joni Mitchell

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