October 23rd, 2014
In 2009, I embarked on a 6-week tour that spanned the West Coast and then, for personal pleasure, I went to Barcelona and Rome for another couple weeks. It was there, on the beach of the Mediterranean, where I hit the wall called Home Sick. Despite the epic beauty of my surroundings, that moment colored me lost and thus spawned a love song for Home called As the Crow Flies — a song that has been so special to me over the years.
[How special? Well, it's the song I chose to perform at the Guitar Center Singer Songwriter Finals earlier this year (video below), for all the marbles. That special.]
Making it even more special than before, I young woman named AJ Bishop has recently recorded a cover of the song. I’ll admit, I teared up when I first heard it. It’s flattering, yes, but something about that moment induced an outer body experience, where I hovered above myself, the words and my historical attachment to the song, allowing me to appreciate the work in an entirely new light — not scrutinizing my own performance but only listening to the words and the melody, as is, all of the sudden, it was that much more beautiful.
Enjoy her cover version, then my original.
AS THE CROW FLIES [Live] – By Tyler Stenson
WATCH ANOTHER VERSION (Live from SxSW) AT http://bit.ly/Z4HlqA