Alternative pop-rock artist Jon Stancer’s plans for 2020 were to include the release of a collection of new material later in the year, the recording of which was in progress when the COVID-19 pandemic struck in January.
His latest single, “Comes A Time,” offers a new take on a Neil Young number that Stancer has sung throughout his life. This rendition is a less gleeful, perhaps more dramatic rendering than the original – likely, a reflection of how the world has looked and felt to Stancer the last few years. There’s an air of disquietude to it.
I’ve always revered Neil Young, and I’ve been singing this and many other songs of his throughout my life. I had been doing this one a little differently though and I liked the feel of it enough to try to record a version of it. I was just kind of chipping away at it for fun, as an exercise and as a diversion when I didn’t feel like working on my own songs.
For me, there’s an overall sense of beauty and awe about this song, but with a tinge of what feels like a warning or caution – even in the upbeat, countrified version of the original. This is a less gleeful, perhaps more dramatic rendering – likely, a reflection of how the world has looked and felt to me the last few years. There’s an air of disquietude to it. – Jon Stancer
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