oday happened here, on the kaleidoscope rug, beside the Dennis Smith stained glass, recording songs with Adam McDaniel at Drop of Sun. We worked together on my last record, and he’s the one I want to work with for the foreseeable future. We recorded 10 songs today, all covers, for a release later this year. I’m relieved that I finally got "The Crying Game" on tape, and "Coming Around Again" by Carly Simon, and a few others (well, eight others). Recording introduces an encumbrance to playing—that is, a cranked self-awareness that what you’re playing is what will play, as you. It’s not a posterity concern entirely, but more like, what makes a version superior to another, and the possibilities are overwhelming, or can be. There’s also the matter of being forced to recognize, by dint of your own performance, that you are not Billie Holiday or Jean Ritchie—at least I’m not. The skies don’t part when I gurgle out a verse, and if they do, it’s coincidental, and probably someone is playing Billie Holiday nearby. But what am I going to do? Not work out of some qualitative judgement. I’m happy with this one Will Oldham cover we did, of an instrumental. I played the melodica. It’s ironic because I love his songs, with words, quite a bit. It’s not quite “kill your darlings” as much as it is loving your darling’s less obvious aspect. I don’t know. The light is beautiful in this studio and I’m fortunate to know Adam and to work with him. Stay tuned for a ripping version of a Yoko Ono song.