Ah “Patience”. Duff gently counts us in, thereby triggering the most tolerable and endearing bit of whistling in the history of rock, courtesy of Axl Rose. Yes, if there is one Guns N’ Roses song can help provide a salve during tough times, slow things down if your brain is racing and set you to imagining you are sitting in a hotel with your pet snake watching Axl undulate during better times, it’s “Patience”. While the video is a total timepiece that verges on self-parody (yet remains completely, utterly awesome) it never overshadows the innate sweetness of the acoustic ballad from 1988’s eternal and infamous G N’ R Lies EP.
This song has been desecrated on countless karaoke nights over the years but thankfully, blessedly, Norah Jones has come in to right the ship. In a live video from her self-isolation, she turns it into something absolutely transportive, retaining its delicacy while never forgetting its leather pants, cigarette hanging from bottom lip, hotel room wrecking credentials. Hearing her throw down on the classic crescendo coda of the song is both righteous and life affirming.
Norah attached a message to the cover as well : “Hey everyone. I hope you’re ok in these strange times. If you’re in a position to make a donation, there are many organizations who are getting food or supplies to people in need.@Feeding America, @MusiCaresFoundation are a couple.