In 1969, on the advice of her manager, the folk singer Joni Mitchell opted out of playing an event dubbed “An Aquarian Exposition” in the tiny farm community of Bethel, N.Y. Had she performed, it’s possible she would have played a rain-drenched set filled with technical difficulties and tried to forget the whole thing. Instead, while watching the events unfold on TV, she was inspired to write a song that would bear the festival’s more popular name: “Woodstock.”
Regular readers here at Cover Me know that we often post spaced-out covers of more earthbound songs. Take Emmalee Crane’s “Pretty in Pink,” for example. The reverse tends to appear less frequently. Sometimes spacey songs just don’t sound right outside of that setting and sometimes there’s just nothing going on underneath all of the effects. Not the case with Animal Collective’s “My Girls,” however.