THE CARY NEWS
May 2, 2002
Buchanan thinks covers can reveal more about her music than they hide.
Person County-based singer-songwriter, who’s having a CD release party Sunday
at the Six String Cafe and Music Hall in MacGregor Village, said performing
other people’s songs exposes where she’s coming from musically.
important to put in cover tunes,” Buchanan said. “I chose those two because
everyone does know them. … It helps listeners put me in context, it gives
listeners a sense of familiarity.”
“two” she referred to are White Rabbit, made famous by the Jefferson
Airplane, and the Beatles’ While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Both are on her
latest release, Illusions.
Rabbit is a “second identity” for Buchanan.
like that song, so that gets requested,” she said.
pointed out her guitar is named Gracie, as in Grace Slick, who wrote the song,
and that the idea of being turned upside down in an Alice-in-Wonderland world is
a fitting theme for Illusions.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Buchanan uses only vocal, acoustic guitar for
rhythm and a violin as the lead instrument, a stark contrast to the original
guitar-driven version, with Eric Clapton on lead and composer George Harrison
starker arrangement not only avoids taking on two guitar legends but also places
more emphasis on the lyrics, which yearn for love to overcome spiritual decay.
my mind While My Guitar Gently Weeps has always been a soothing ballad,” she
said. “To me this is how I wanted it to sound.”
also a third cover, a traditional folk song called She Moved Through the Fair,
features an clever guitar technique leading to an impressive harmonic payoff.
After tuning the guitar to an E5 chord, Buchanan put two capos at the fourth
fret. While playing the rhythm with right hand, she modulates by moving one of
the capos along the neck.
happy it worked. “I do so much by feel and intuition,” Buchanan said.
“I’ll play some chord on the guitar and people will say, ‘what is that?’
and I’ll say, ‘I don’t know.’ … It’s all luck.”
project is a family thing for Buchanan.
Air Force brat, Buchanan, 39, was born in Okinawa and grew up in Europe before
moving back to the states when she was a teenager. In the early ‘70s the
family modified a Volkswagen van and drove it sightseeing through Europe.
sing everything from Kumbaya to These Boots Are Made for Walking,” Buchanan
said. “Since we’re all hams in our family we all learned to naturally
of that harmony will reunite at the release party. Robin Cape, Buchanan’s
sister and bassist, will perform along with the rest of the band, which could
include Buchanan’s 12-year-old daughter, Casey playing flute on at least one
not on stage, Buchanan’s husband, George is also in on the act, as he did the
painting for the CD cover.
out Buchanan’s lineup are percussionist Jubal, violinist Michael Hsu and Scott
Ainslie on slide guitar. The party may be the last show for the group, as Hsu is
about to graduate from Duke Medical School and move to Seattle, Buchanan said.
performing will include Meghan Cary and Sarah Pinsker.
came back to singing and started writing songs in the mid ‘90s.
She spent 12 years singing in rock cover bands but gave it up when Casey
was born. She then started a 9-to-5 career as a marketing consultant in retail
about six years ago she bought an acoustic guitar, taught herself to play,
“and almost immediately songs started being formed,” she said. “Within 18
months I was recording my first CD, Will I Ever Know.”
the songs are very illusory, because things are not what they seem,” Buchanan
used the album to take some new directions beyond the cover tunes. The entire
project was do-it-yourself, from composing to arranging to producing.
more confident with her guitar playing, Buchanan composed some extended
introductions, which stand alone but segue into full songs.
also used one track for a full-length instrumental tune, Speechless Peace.
“It’s sort of my response to 9/11,” she said. “All the words that came
to mind just seemed trite. I wasn’t there so I couldn’t share in their
also honors the present with “Dress Code,” a withering homage to a document
Casey and her younger sister, Ashley, brought home from school last year.
is 99 percent verbatim of the school dress code,” she said.
the one song everyone has loved but the school board in Person County.”
Buchanan described many of the circumstances around the CD as
“synchronicities,” having the party at Six String was deliberate. She said
owner David Sardinha, whom she credited for boosting her work, offered to open
on Sunday just for the event.
frequent performer at the venue, Buchanan said it’s the only place she plays
in the Triangle. The symbiosis between her and the audience is particularly
strong at the club, and she depends on it.
that crowd is not ‘there’ I can’t be there for them,” said Buchanan who
hopes to show what the covers reveal.
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Revised: January 24, 2012 10:33 AM Eastern Standard Time.