“She Talks to Angels” by The Black Crowes

This first video is of a live performance of “She Talks to Angels” by The Black Crowes on The Late Show with David Letterman from 1991. I use this song to teach alternate tunings and methods for embellishing rhythm guitar parts (scalar licks, harmonics, etc).

I love what Chris Robinson has to say about the meaning of this song. The “rock & roll lifestyle” looks glamorous but can be very dark, painful and costly. This is an emotive song about a troubled person. Though it was released on The Black Crowes’ 1990 debut album, “Shake Your Money Maker” and refers primarily to a person struggling with drug addiction, it seems timeless in light of self-destructive trends like cutting that have become popular among teens over the past decade.

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