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Originally posted by lavar78:
I like the Dixie Chicks' version, but I feel Crowded House's is vastly superior. It is much more dynamic, building as it goes along.


I couldn't agree more, you put it well :-) Its hauntingly beautiful. There's so much meaning in Neil's voice
Ok, I work for Alzheimer's Australia and I'm an educator....I write a few courses and deliver courses to health care professionals and also family carers. I first heard this song not long after my Mother passed away and the tears came a plenty, even though she didn't have Alzheimer's. I ran a course today for the first time that we've written, the audience were the other educators who will be teaching the course. I mentioned that there was a beautiful song about Alzheimer's disease and my colleagues wanted to hear it, so I pulled out the trusty MP3 player, hooked up the speakers and played it. The room was silent and everyone commented on the lyrics and how meaningful they are. It is a beautiful song and it says so much that families and people with Dementia are unable to express.
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Originally posted by Bluesoul:
Confused But I still don't know why the Dixie Chicks don't mention Neil when they introduce the song in their live presentations... not polite at all.


Very true, Bluesoul. When I have heard The Crowdies perform Silent House Neil has included "this is a song I co-wrote with The Dixie Chicks" in his introduction.
Great to see him giving the girls some recognition, be nice if they could return the favour
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Originally posted by Finngirl:
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Originally posted by Bluesoul:
Confused But I still don't know why the Dixie Chicks don't mention Neil when they introduce the song in their live presentations... not polite at all.


Very true, Bluesoul. When I have heard The Crowdies perform Silent House Neil has included "this is a song I co-wrote with The Dixie Chicks" in his introduction.
Great to see him giving the girls some recognition, be nice if they could return the favour


I could be wrong about this (and I guess I'll find out when I get the FLAC) but I don't think he mentioned the Chicks when they did the song in Nashville, which was odd considering where he was. If anyone can correct me, please feel free to.

I always found it strange that when I saw Richard Thompson do Persuasion, he called it "my song" and when Tim did it less than a year later, he didn't mention Thompson at all either. He might have also called it my song, although I don't specifically remember that phrase as I did with Thompson.

BTW, mark me down as someone who generally likes the Dixie Chicks' version better, although I prefer the sort of swampy opening of CH's version.
I just watched the Dixie Chicks documentary this past weekend and at one point you got a look into their songwriting process for the last album. I was half hoping to see Neil, since they did show the chicks recording a part of Silent House. No such luck!

I am curious how the collaboration all came about.
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I always found it strange that when I saw Richard Thompson do Persuasion, he called it "my song" and when Tim did it less than a year later, he didn't mention Thompson at all either.

I think originally it was an instrumental by Richard Thompson that Tim added words to and Neil wrote the bridge (I think).
Neil didn't mention the Dixie Chicks when they sang Silent House at the Corner Hotel fan club show. And I would hazard a guess that no one has been to every Dixie Chicks concert so we can't really say whether they've ever mentioned it or not.
I don't see the need for it to go on forever. Maybe mentioning it a couple of times when the song is new and then you're done, really.

I revisited TOE and Intriguer last night....been awhile since I listened to them.  The song that stood out the most that I really liked (and loved cranking due to the great electric guitar and deep bass) was Silent House.  It really hit me how much I liked this song.  Seems to stand out due to the rawness of it.  Wish Neil would do more raw, "tangent on the electric" type of stuff.  

I seem to recall Neil being a little - what's the word - grumpy about this song - not sure the song writing process was how he'd imagined it would go - am sure there is an interview around it somewhere - anyway, this was the first time I heard this song and it blew me away - it remains my personal fav version.... you can see my head in there and my phone trying to record it !

It was also a really cold day and a traumatic trip due to the weather (venue in middle of nowhere and icy / snow filled roads) - Neil was a little jet lagged and it was very shortly after they had chosen Matt S for the new drummer of CH. Neil was open to talking about it all, but he wouldn't reveal the name on the night!

Turned out to be a superb little gig  - great memories!

https://youtu.be/bxjNN3xojeU

 

 

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