It has been one year, and three weeks since I thought about covering Dick Justice's ole time rag, "Good Cocaine." Yesterday I finally performed it at Sacred Grounds Coffee House. It's not that I've been lazy, I've just had other things to do. Like work and stuff.
But a few things actually held me back. First, the song was recorded in a tuning other than standard E, and then on top of that a kapo was used. So, the first thing I had to do was find the correct chords, and put them in E standard. Then, I had to change them around to fit my voice. Let's be honest, I don't have the best vocal range.
I also had to update the lyrics a bit. It's a bit of a blues tradition that every player will change the song up a bit. Like I had said earlier in my previous post, I wanted to change up the part that refers to certain groups as "monkeys."
Like any performer will tell you, generally the first time you play a song live it doesn't go that well. Well, it couldn't have gone any better. I played it as the first song right off the bat, and it just killed. I wished I had of recorded it. I was also very thankful I had a friend Josh playing percussion for me that night. All in all it was a great night.
And I think I would be remiss if I didn't post Dick Justice's version here. It is a funny video.