"Moonshiner" -- Cat Power

>> Sunday, August 01, 2010

What's interesting here, of course, is how the same song can be given such different, yet kindred, takes.

Cat Power, "Moonshiner":





4 comments:

timb111 Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 10:44:00 AM EDT  

Another good one, though she's add a couple of lines that give the song a much darker tone (as if it wasn't dark enough to start with). I like it.

I wonder though about your motivation for posting this song twice. I know that you're a public defender and that alcohol plays a part in a lot of crime. Are you prompting drinking moonshine as a long term path to job security? ;-)

WendyB_09 Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 10:54:00 AM EDT  

His neck of the woods is close enough to the mountians that no prompting or promoting is needed. I suspect moonshine is frequently the beverage of choice.

Matter of fact, I had my first sip of 'shine not long after I moved to NC from NYC! It was well known on campus who always brought some back when they went home for the weekends.

Jeri Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 11:32:00 AM EDT  

I think I prefer Uncle Tupelo's version - it's more bluegrassy and traditional, and Cat Power's version is more atonal and adagio.

I've never tried 'shine. Since I don't much care for the taste of most alcohol, I doubt I'd like it. :P And why court a migraine?

Eric Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 1:55:00 PM EDT  

The motivation was actually as simple as: I went looking for the Tupelo version, which I love, and stumbled across the Cat Power version (and I adore Cat Power), and rather than, you know, show some decisiveness and pick one, I decided it would be interesting to post them both for people to compare and contrast.

I think I probably prefer the UT version, but Powers' take really is amazing, too. I hope people enjoyed both versions. (If "enjoyed" is the right word for a song that is so somber and beautifully devastating.) There's also a Dylan version out there that I haven't listened to yet. (And some dispute over authorship, as well; the song is sometimes attributed to Dylan although I'm skeptical on that score.)

And no, I've never tried 'shine, myself.

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