True Love Will Find You in the End (Daniel Johnston cover)

August 15, 2008 7:20 AM

This is my take on a beautiful Daniel Johnston song that I learned from melissa may and sleepy pete.

It's also my first real go at recording something in garageband, which I feel like I'm starting to get a hang of.

posted by cortex (17 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

One of my absolute favourites sir, and royally rocked by you. We need more piano playing from you, I think.
posted by Jofus at 7:29 AM on August 15, 2008

This is freaking fantastic. I actually got chills when the harp came in.
posted by uncleozzy at 7:47 AM on August 15, 2008

Thanks. I like how it came together, and I got close to what I wanted in one afternoon which was pretty satisfying.

Harmonizing with myself is pretty nice, but you should hear it when Melissa sings lead on it. I don't know if there are any recordings of that kicking around; I should see if I can talk her into coming over and cutting a vocal track for me.
posted by cortex at 7:59 AM on August 15, 2008

Wow, that's very nice. I should visit MeMu more often.
posted by languagehat at 9:31 AM on August 15, 2008

Wow I love this place
posted by wheelieman at 10:46 AM on August 15, 2008

Hey that's really nice. Ditto on the piano.
posted by chococat at 11:22 AM on August 15, 2008

posted by american caesar at 11:39 AM on August 15, 2008

This is gorgeous cortex, and I agree, the harp was sublime.
posted by Happy Dave at 11:42 AM on August 15, 2008

I first heard this song covered by Beck. It's a great composition and you do i full justice, cortex.
posted by Kattullus at 11:56 AM on August 15, 2008

Yeah, it's great to hear that rich, simple and honest piano, your vocal harmonizing sounds great, and the harmonica solo (and slight return there at the end) are a perfect touch.

Is this the second Daniel Johnston cover (here's mine) to appear at MeFiMu, or, I wonder, have there been more?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:26 PM on August 15, 2008

Well, there's these two songs from item that actual feature Daniel, but that doesn't really count as a cover I guess. And I don't think either of them ever posted it here, but there's a cover of Walkin' the Cow on a Harvey Girls cover album.
posted by cortex at 6:02 PM on August 15, 2008

Daniel Johnston really can write the hell out of a song. This version is lovely.
posted by Astro Zombie at 8:35 AM on August 16, 2008

Well, I don't know the original version, but this one is really beautiful. Thanks Cortex. I forgot for a little while that a harp was also a harmonica so I was waiting for something really orchestral at some point (like the london symphony orchestra lending a hand) but anyway your command of garageband seems good enough. The different instruments really fit together.
posted by nicolin at 3:08 AM on August 17, 2008

Man, I need to keep better tabs on what you people in Music do, because answering machine tape and Daniel Johnston covers are going on up in here.

You know the fat Elvis vs. thin Elvis debate? The Daniel Johnston one is as contentious if not more so.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 3:06 PM on August 17, 2008

This is great. I've long been tempted to cover a song of DJ's, but have always worried that covering a song of his would be sort of pointless, in that they're almost not even SONGS so much as they are insanely emotional, private (or ironically public) pieces of his soul laid bare onto a cassette - if that makes any sense whatsoever.

However, this is actually one of my favorite tunes you've posted here and you've done the song justice and added your own flavor. Also, the harmonica solo kicks ass.
posted by ORthey at 11:03 AM on August 20, 2008

This is one of my favourite songs ever.

I love the soaring vocal harmony on "trueeeee love".

That is all.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 5:07 PM on August 20, 2008

/me forgets that 'harp' is shorthand for 'harmonica,' enjoys recording, but sad to miss a Joanna Newsom cameo.
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