“‘Live each day as if it’s your last’, that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for that? What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy? It just wasn’t practical. Better by far to simply try and be good and courageous and bold and to make a difference. Not change the world exactly, but the bit around you. Go out there with your passion and your electric typewriter and work hard at… something. Change lives through art maybe. Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved, if you ever get the chance.”—― David Nicholls, One Day
This song is from a performance that Ryan gave 10-28-1999 at the Exit/In. While it’s excellent for many reasons, for me it’s notable that this cut, “Hey There, Miss Lovely” is a very early, perhaps the first recorded iteration of the song “These Girls” which was released a full 8 years later on Easy Tiger. The lyrics are very different, but the melody and the guitar parts are basically the same. Interesting to think that Ryan had this song kicking around for almost ten years before he finally decided to record and release it. Also, he mentions writing “In My Time Of Need” for a Whiskeytown album but it didn’t make it on the record.
The first link above will direct you to the Archive.org page where you can download this entire performance for yourself. Of the 17 tracks there are 5 great cuts with Ryan and Gillian Welch, and boy, are they pretty.
So this song kicked around for about ten years only to….