Blue Motel Room (revisited)
Guy Jackson featuring Kevin Godley
Kevin Godley • vocal
Guy Jackson • arrangement, keyboards, production
Louise Golbey • backing vocals
Will Jackson • drums
I’ve got a blue motel roomWith a blue bedspreadI’ve got the blues inside and outside my headWill you still love meWhen I get back to town
My latest serving of my nonagon homage to Joni’s epic journey, Hejira, is Blue Motel Room.
Rediscover a voice from your past in Kevin Godley, ex Mockingbirds, Hotlegs, 10cc, Godley & Crème, GG/06.
I’m not a massive fan of the blues but with Kevin’s masterful voice and the stunning backing vocals supplied by Louise Golbey, I started to echo Joni’s take on travelling from motel to motel as she crossed the US. Pushing the track along was Will Jackson on acoustic drums using brushes. I tried suggesting the performance was ‘live’ but it didn’t work so this studio recording is the one I ended up with.
The arrangement is totally keyboard based and no guitars were employed in the making of this song.
Vocalist Kevin Godley said:
“I’ve never been asked to cover a song before, so when Guy Jackson suggested I sing a Joni Mitchell one for his Hejira Revisited album I was outwardly flattered, but inwardly shitting myself, as Joni’s songs are fragile jewels of personal experience that are a galaxy away from mine. Other than that, her intimate lyrics, unique phrasing, and superhuman vocal range were telling me to forget all about it and walk away. So of course, I said yes…”