Splashdown - The Archer
If I had to venture a guess, I’d say no more than 5 of my followers have even heard of this band, let alone heard this song.
On the one hand that’s too bad because Splashdown was one of my favorite bands of all time and without the original you can’t quite understand how daring (stupid?) it was for me to even attempt this cover… on the other hand… without the comparison you might not realize how sad my version actually is. Though, I guess it’s not all that good no matter how you look at it.
I was air drumming along all day in the car, at my desk at work, while eating dinner, etc. I swore I had this thing. I was going to own this cover. Then I sat down at the drumset and realized (yet again) that air drumming does not necessarily translate to real drumming.
Then I put a mic on front of my face and opened my mouth and dear god why? Melissa Kaplan ranks right up there with Hawksley Workman as musicians that I love who have quite possibly the best voices I’ve ever heard.
Anyway. You should totally go listen to the original. It’s a great song for both waking up and falling asleep. I’ve been meaning to draft up a nice Splashdown tribute post for years. Maybe next month I’ll finally do it.
Originally recorded: April 12, 2011