Jesse: Well, thank you. "Haunting" is what I was hoping for. It's always humbling to cover someone else's song -- especially one with so many beautiful interpretations. Truth be told, I was only familiar with a few versions -- The Grateful Dead being the main one. I had no idea there were so many renditions and that it was written by a woman, Bonnie Dobson.
When I did some delving and I heard her version and also watched a clip of she and Robert Plant performing it together -- it changed the game for me. I suppose I wanted to pay homage to her in some sense, for having written such a beautiful song, but also for the new understanding of what the song is really saying -- which for me, translated into trying to convey a deep maternal element -- universal, but intimate in a sort of microscopic way. The way a mother would sing a lullaby to a child, while a sinister energy brews in the background. She's having to sing to her child, but she's comforting herself, faced with the knowledge that she has to let her child "go" to something bigger than the two of them.
It's not that others didn't probably sing it from that exact same vantage point, but it's just that I'd only heard men sing it -- so I sort of envisioned that it was being sung to a lover vs. a child. Seemingly small stuff, until you are confronted with trying to do a song justice!
American Music: How did the recording process go for THE DOLPHINS on which Dave sings lead? Did you do the vocals together?
Jesse: We attempted to sing it at the same time and cut the whole thing live, but I ended up overdubbing my vocals. Dave and I had never sung it together, and I was having a hard time finding the subtle pocket and locking in with him. Aside from that momentary challenge, it was magical getting to witness the song come to fruition. I actually got tears in my eyes at some point while Dave was cutting his vocal.
American Music: Since the album only has six songs, will you be performing any of your songs on The Third Mind tour?
Jesse: This tour will be all covers, as far as I know. We are in the process now of deciding on the extra song, or songs that I'll be singing. It'll be a good challenge to do this on the fly, as there will be very few rehearsals--so we will have to be serving the music in a way that will be challenging, but exhilarating. I mean ultimately it's what music is meant to be about--listening to each other on a level where you aren't listening--but that can get overlooked in many musical situations, due to song structure dictating and holding you on a short leash. My guess is that each night will offer a lot of variation, and hopefully it'll be as exciting for the audience as it is onstage! --AM