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We have got so used to hearing people on TV talent shows chasing a place in the celebrity landfill site of underachievement waxing lyrical (if only) about what the cover they have chosen to torture our ears with really means to them. The following story is generally the saddest thing you have ever heard, but not in the sense they would like. So, when you come across an artist choosing to re-imagine and re-explore a song to which they have a genuine connection, it feels like the coolest breeze of the sweetest air imaginable.
Drew Forsberg, The Persian Leaps head honcho takes up the tale…
“My uncle, Jon Asher, was lifelong best friends with the folk/rock superstar Dan Fogelberg until Dan passed away in 2007. In the mid-1960s, as teenagers, they had a band in Peoria, IL called The Coachmen. They were successful locally and opened up for touring bands like The Who and The Hollies. Their only recorded output was a 45 released on Ledger Records in 1967. “Maybe Time Will Let Me Forget” was the A-side.”
And The Persian Leaps are the ideal musical vehicle to breathe new life into such a song. There has always been a jangle to their guitar work, much beloved by bands of the late 80s and ’90s, the alternative crowd and the college rock outsiders, but it is a sound which owes much to 60’s bands such as The Byrds. So, musically, “Maybe Time Will Let Me Forget” is a sort of bridge between then and now, with The Persian Leaps playing perfect host and house band to its time travelling sonic charms.
As a cover, they have done a perfect job in bringing the song into the modern age. As a connection with the past, the song resonates with nostalgia and a real, personal and heartfelt connection. As a reminder that a new album, Machines For Living, is on its way, it has more than fulfilled its brief.
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