Los Angeles-based musician Edie Yvonne recently took to the airwaves to reimagine Blind Melon’s 1992 classic “No Rain.”
Releasing the single on the tail end of the holiday season was all a part of her plan as she offers an alternative to all those holiday haters who are ready to move on from an inundation of Christmas music. The cover’s juxtaposition to the original offers insight into the meaning behind the lyrics. Yvonne’s slower pace and acoustic flare make for a smooth and calming diversion to the more upbeat original, almost giving the piece new meaning.
The song begins solemnly with a resonant duo of guitars and reverberant snapping fingers. Before the first notes are sung, it grips you and pulls you in. We know what we are supposed to expect when the E and D chords start to play, but her vocals give it a new life.
The slower tempo also allows the lyrics to be digested easier by the listener, giving new meaning to a staple many of us have known most of our lives. The release of this cover in the dead of winter feels appropriate when held up against the gloom we all feel from time to time when the sun goes away a little earlier and we are left with more time in our own heads.
I know I have known this song for a while, but the lyrics “I don’t know why I sleep all day and I start to complain that there’s no rain“ felt new to me when heard through Yvonne’s point of view.
Written by Nick Gumas
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