By Jeff Copperthite:
And a happy Thumpin’ Thursday to you as well! I hope this evening finds you healthy, warm, and enjoying the awesome weather we are supposed to receive for the next few days. I can finally say “So Long and Farewell” to Winter, and to the hope of any more snow days from school.
Of course, I may be smitten for saying that.
Well, anyway today’s song is one that I actually heard a couple of days ago and said “Hmm…that song would be a good one to cover”, so here you are! It’s another song by Nirvana and is called “About A Girl”. It is from their debut 1989 album “Bleach” (wonder if it was clean…).
I did some reading about the history of this song and there’s a few cool stories about it. First off, when presented to the band the then-drummer Chad Channing asked Kurt Cobain what the song was about, and Cobain replied “It’s about a girl”. Cobain didn’t want it put on the album for fear of it being too pop sounding, and having it overwrite their perceived grunge image from their fanbase. Eventually they decided to put it on the album, citing the producer’s image of it even being a single.
There was a girl that he wrote it about. It was his then-girlfriend Tracy Marander. She had asked him at one point why he hadn’t written a song about her, and that was among the inspirations that helped him write this song. Funny thing is it took 10 years for her to find out that the song was about her, and she only found out by reading the biography of Nirvana called “Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana”.
The song is a rather light number and is perfect for our covering style. I hope you enjoy it! I’ll see you next week, and be sure to check back throughout the week for more covers from all of us!
Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, Jeff’s acoustic cover song music videos are no longer on YouTube, but we decided to keep his cover song blog posts up. We figured these music blog entries would be good for posterity’s sake and because Jeff always gave such insightful posts each Session. We hope to see Jeff’s impressive catalog of acoustic rock songs here on the Laptop Sessions cover songs and origianal music blog again in the future. But, for now, please make sure to check-out hundreds of other acoustic cover songs from all of your favorite bands here on the Laptop Sessions music blog!