Morning Song – Come See About Me
They say you can’t judge a book by its cover but back in the day, there were certain albums that music lovers could buy sound unheard and know—to an extraordinarily high degree of certainty—they had something in their hands that would bring pleasure to the ears.
The Tedeschi-Trucks Band’s 2011 debut album, Revelator, is that kind of album. First off, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks each had enviable reputations as a “musician’s musician”, navigating deftly among various roles (as singer, guitarist, sideman/woman, bandleader) and genres (blues, rock, jazz, soul, qawwali, and more); and that was before they combined their bands to cover songs they both loved.
Then there’s that audacious album title (not taken from any of the song titles). It stakes a claim to a piece of Greil Marcus’ “old, weird America“—the music forged when segregation and servitude, the debt peonage of tenant farmers and the wage slavery of company towns and tenements all mashed up against the unquenchable human drives for love, dignity, respect and community. Specifically, it stakes a claim to the inflamed, prophetic and apocalyptic visions of the Book Of Revelation as translated into sound by the likes of Son House (and millions of anonymous co-conspirators) in “John The Revelator“.
Finally, there are the song titles: “Bound For Glory“, “Simple Things“, “Midnight In Harlem“, and yes, “Come See About Me“. If you’re going to write original songs with titles drawn from that deep down in the marrow of the American songbook (and soul), then you’d best be able to deliver on the promise inherent in them.
“Come See About Me” is the album’s opening track, and it serves notice that the band intends to do just that. From Truck’s sinuous guitar leads, to Tedeschi’s powerful, bluesy vocals, to the soulful horns, funky keyboards and polyrhythmic percussion groove, “Come See About Me” invites you along for the entire, exhilarating, at times ecstatic ride.
I know I can do for you,
Anything you want me to;
So why don’t you come see about me?