Its a rainy mid-April Saturday with a lingering chill taking one last desperate swing at Spring.
So I hunkered down, turned up the gas stove in my cozy North Georgia cabin and found my way to Zane King videos, searching for voids or gaps to fill in with a lap steel lick here and there.
I got to “Together Again” and quickly learned there are (intentionally and for good reason) none…and it would be wrong on so many levels to even try.
I put the lap steel down and turned up the volume on the Genelec monitors and closed my eyes.
It was like watching a movie, from the beginning of where She enters the room.
Now, if you’ve never heard a pedal steel guitar talk, just follow along and listen to this.
She has all the lines:
at :03 She walks in, passively inhales, followed by lazy and easy-breezy haven’t seen you in a while small talk.
:55 She starts to get warm; takes her coat off.
1:20 Tension in the room is building. The conversation starts to get more serious and convincing.
Around 1:42 her aloofness begins to turn to passion until at 2:07 She resolves that she is so glad and relieved they’re finally together again.
She succumbs and admits around 2:19 “I’ve totally and completely missed you”.
2:45 Passionate kisses with a trail of I love you’s.
2:49 A little more fussing, “don’t you know how long I’ve waited for you”
She starts to settle back down around 2:55, then at 3:00 starts to collect herself.
3:22 She’s still doing a little fussing, but smiles with a final release.
3:30 She exhales
That’s what a pedal steel guitar does.
She whispers and cries and fusses and gives thanks and shouts praises.
She tells her side of the story with truth and intensity and rawness.
I can feel her torment and rapid change of emotions as easy as I can my own.
Notice the way Zane King approaches, attacks, releases and caresses the strings and pedals.
He dances with her.
He pays attention to her response and reacts accordingly.
He begs a little, and She gives, then begs back.
This is why I’m such a fan of Zane’s playing.
She is very temperamental and likes to be handled and treated well.
If you do, She will sing to you too.
She’s the most beautiful instrument I know.