“After all, what was adult life but one moment of weakness piled on top of another? Most people just fell in line like obedient little children, doing exactly what society expected of them at any given moment, all the while pretending that they’d actually made some sort of choice.”—
I love Dolly Parton, I really do. I’m also an expert in knowing the original bands of cover songs (it’s not Gary Jules, it’s Tears for Fears - dammit). That is why I am hesitant to post a cover of the classic “Jolene.” Jack White does a pretty damn good job.
I like that is is reminiscent of the original but slowed down. It has that signature sound of The White Stripes: the simple drums, twangy (vaguely bluesy) guitar and, of course, Jack White’s voice which hits those high notes beautifully. This song was recorded in 2004 right between Elephant and Get Behind Me Satan, straddling the group’s two biggest records.
For some strange reason I have a tendency to associate Jack White with Johnny Depp. It’s like, Jack White can do no wrong in music, just like how Johnny Depp never goes wrong in movies. Or maybe Jack White simply reminds me of Johnny Depp in Sweeny Todd. Or it may be a case of me knowing that they are both really good, but I just don’t like them with the passion that I should logically have for people of such talents. Having said that, I still think this cover’s brilliant. And I also did enjoy Sweeny Todd very much.
This interview was evidently carried out in Mandarin and then (badly) translated.
Do also pardon my OC-ness and allow me to correct a factual inaccuracy: “Though he started his music career in Hong Kong, he doesn’t speak and sing in Cantonese.” Fact: He does speak Cantonese. And rather fluently.
I am still posting this nevertheless because I like what I read in the last part.
The new album will fully present Fong’s guitar-playing skill. “I have listened to many guitar masters since I was a teen. I want to make an album which could inspire people to learn playing the guitar, just like how I felt then.”
Yes, please inspire me to pick up my guitar again.