My cover of JT’s Fire and Rain

Song by James Taylor. Arrangement and performance by Scott Laningham.

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I remember the first time I heard this tune, on the radio, in the early 1970s. I think I was around 11 or 12 years old. It haunted me, melodically, sonically, the refrain “I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain,” which I couldn’t stop thinking about. I wasn’t even trying to understand what it meant. I just loved the way those words sounded sung.

Doing a cover of the song has been on my mind for years. This idea, though, came to me in a burst of inspiration just a few nights ago and I laid it all down in about 3 hours. I’m sure there is more that could be done with it, but I sorta like the rawness and simplicity of just the piano, bass, percussion loops, and voice. I look forward to performing it and stretching on it with some of my talented musical colleagues in Austin. Hope you enjoy it.


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  1. LOVE this song! Can totally relate to your ‘first hearing it’ comment! Fantastic rendition- just love it! Thanks Scott👍 I like the rawness as well!

    1. Thank you, Joy! It’s fun when these fresh takes on classic pop into our heads. I’ve got a couple more I’m working on to share soon. Hugs from Texas.

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