Baby, I Love You - Ryan Adams

from the single Baby, I Love You (2018)

You and I could have a friendly disagreement about which Ryan Adams' song is "his best."  You might say it's his cover of Wonderwall.  I might say it is either When The Stars Go Blue or Dancing With The Women At The Bar.

Yet I am certain we would both agree that Ryan Adams writes and records songs that perfectly capture how we feel towards each other, saying things that I - for one - am not elegant - or honest - enough to express.  He also has an uncanny ability to release these songs at the moments when they will hit us the hardest.  It is enough to make you shiver and shake.

He did it to us again on February 14th, with his unexpected release of the single Baby, I Love You.

However, rather than "pressing the bruise to watch it grow" with a torturous examination of the visual imagery and lyrics, I'll talk about his unexpected choice of using a Rickenbacker guitar on this song.  There is no guitar in music that creates as distinct a tone.  It defines the sound that we associate with bands like The Byrds, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, and REM.

Particularly on the descending chord progressions, Ryan Adams evokes the spirit of The Byrds on this single.  I find myself closing my eyes and absorbing the beauty of the soundscape and reveling in how well this artist fits in a Byrds framework; kinda the way Graham Parsons did decades ago.

Anyhow, I hope this song connects with you as much as it does with me.  Love.

Click Here to watch the official music video for Baby, I Love You by Ryan Adams.


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