Sometimes someone sings a song and gives it a whole new meaning. For better or worse.
I was in the thick of a sing-song a few years ago and one man nearly ruined the atmosphere by making Terry Jacks’ Seasons in the Sun sound creepy.
But likewise you can be playing a song or listening to a song for years and one day discover a new angle to it.
It often depends on who you play the song with. Different musicians can bring different energies and interpretations from us.
Or the context in which you play the song. I’ll always remember a version of Fisherman’s Blues Steve Wickham did with us in Connolly’s one Monday with about 10 in the audience. Completely different to how he would present it in a packed arena with the Waterboys.
Seamie O’Dowd said on last week’s podcast that you can learn a lot about a song in 20 years, and on this week’s episode Niamh Crowley played a tune she played on the Late Late Toy Show over 30 years ago. You can watch it here.
A good song is a good song and will last the test of time. If you get bored of it, it’s probably more to do with how you’re playing it and who you’re playing it with.