Faster Than Light

Lately, since I discovered Neil Finn’s Fangradio blog via KEXP Seattle, I’ve added the blog to my listening routine (which led me to my posts on “Distant Sun” and “One Step Ahead”). From April 28 to May 11, while he was recording for Crowded House, Finn’s daily shows were compilations of highlights, returning to the live broadcast format on May 12.

Today’s song was the last live piece he played before the canned outro music. Finn played the solo piano and vocal version on the broadcast, which I prefer for its calmness. Both a piano/vocal version and full-band studio recording are below if you feel like comparing them.

Finn hasn’t posted a show since the 12th, but I think he said something that day about changing his schedule. A daily commitment to playing for 45 minutes to an hour or so would mean many hours of planning and rehearsal. Finn’s doing something today at his son Liam’s studio (Iso 2) and his wife Sharon will be joining in on the bass guitar, so I’ll have to check that out once he posts it to his blog.

By the way, it’s the first really nice day we’ve had since spring decided to return, so these posts might start getting a little shorter! 

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the video for the live performance on the MAX Sessions, an Australian TV program:

And, the studio recording from Neil Finn’s official YouTube channel:

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