By my count, “twitter famous” John Roderick, with his ever-shifting band the Long Winters, have released a total of two new (non-Christmas-themed) songs since 2006’s Putting the Days to Bed. Long-time fans like me have been satiated through various solo and makeshift group live-show appearances, along with other non-musical endeavors. And while I could probably subsist on a never ending line of shows with just John and a guitar performing the same great songs and covers over and over and over again, I still have a strong desire to hear something new.
And that’s where the video above comes in. While participating in last week’s JoCo Cruise Crazy 3, John performed a third new song, never before heard, on stage for the lucky people on the ship with him. When I first listened to this song, I didn’t expect the reaction I had. The song was new, but it wasn’t. It had John’s buttery voice and common Long-Wintersian chord structures, but it had new lyrics, a new story to tell. And it felt so familiar and unexpected, I didn’t know whether to cry or smile. It was the kind of emotion I find myself feeling more and more since having become a father. In the end, I sat motionless for just over three minutes, relishing every moment of it. It was beautiful. It was moving. It was home. And I don’t ever again want to leave.