One of my favourite moments from last year’s Winnipeg Folk Festival was Iron & Wine’s solo performance on the main stage. There is something so pure and vulnerable about a guy and his guitar, all alone on stage, singing beautiful songs. It’s something I could never do, but I admire those with the skill and courage to do it.
Iron & Wine is actually Samuel Beam, an American who was originally working as a professor of film and cinematography. He wrote some songs, made a demo, got signed to a deal, and released his first album in 2002. I think he first got noticed for his cover of The Postal Service’s Such Great Heights, which appeared on the Garden State soundtrack. I hadn’t noticed until tonight, but I think he looks a lot like Zach Galifianakis.
The clip is another cover – this time it’s Waiting For A Superman, which was originally recorded by the Flaming Lips. It’s mellow, but give it a chance. I love the guitar part – one day, when my fingers get more nimble, I’ll try it out. If I have a few drinks, I may even sing along…badly.