Friday, August 29, 2014

Song of the Day: John Hiatt - Have a Little Faith in Me (1987)

Okay, here's a new thing I'm gonna try: a Song of the Day, every day. Each day, I'll pick something that I've either discovered recently, been listening to recently, is relevant at the moment for some particular reason, or just feel like discussing, and I'll write a few sentences paragraphs about it as well as posting the Youtube video. 

First up, a great artist I've recently gotten into named John Hiatt, who's first album actually came out 40 years ago. He's perhaps best known for other artists covering his songs, such as "Riding With the King," which became the title track of an album by Eric Clapton and B.B. King, or "Thing Called Love," which became a huge hit for Bonnie Raitt in 1989. But his most covered song is actually this one, "Have a Little Faith in Me." It's a great song to represent Hiatt for several reasons, but first and foremost, it's just damn well written. Great melody, lyric, and performance, not too flashy, doesn't try to be cool or commercial… just a guy making the music he loves, in the only way he knows how. It's also from his best album, 1987's Bring the Family, which was recorded with some amazing help--Ry Cooder on guitar, Nick Lowe on bass, and Jim Keltner on drums. I've been listening to Hiatt a lot lately, so some more of his stuff will probably turn up here in the next few weeks. 

This was originally written and posted on Facebook on May 16, 2014

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