Rhys Marsh

Part One Of The Song-By-Song Breakdown

7th October 2013

i’ve been a huge fan of Crosby, Stills & Nash since i was very young. the way their voices blend together has been sending shivers down my spine for longer than i can remember. i was lucky to see them at the Royal Albert Hall a few years ago, in which i was treated to three hours of some of the finest songs of all time. an amazing evening!

i chose this song because it has such a haunting quality to it — a real longing, that i can relate to in some of my own songs. after stripping it down, i found that the lyrics really stood out in a new way — they’re actually a lot more delicate than i realised. to compliment this, i recorded some mellow fingerpicked acoustic guitars, sang it very gently (almost whispering in places), then added a soft layer of pedal steel guitar over the top.

all in all, it’s a beautiful song with a beautiful message, and probably the best use of alliteration i’ve ever heard.

“Stand by the stairway,
you’ll see something certain to tell you,
confusion has its cost.
Love isn’t lying,
it’s loose in a lady who lingers,
saying she is lost.
And choking on hello”

listen to my version of ‘Helplessly Hoping’ on Spotify

Crosby, Stills & Nash

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