Before this session, Jess, Sara and I had never performed together as a trio. They rented a car early one morning and drove out to my place in the ‘burbs with the promise of coffee and oatmeal and we instantly locked in when we started playing. I like to think it was serendipitous, but it’s really just because they’re so damn good.
"Georgia Lee" is a devastating ballad brought to life here in a desolate patch of trees, like the setting of the song itself. Lyrics like, “Somewhere a baby is cryin’ for her mother,” and “These children are so hard to raise good,” break my heart clean in half and play to the power that Waits has to embody the characters he creates, while at the same time evoking a powerful sense of empathy from his listeners.
Life at its worst is plain ugly and cruel but this song is an intimate reminder that we’re never alone in our pain and unknowing. And hopefully, if you’re lucky enough, you’ll make a few friends along the way who want to play music with you in the woods in December.