She & Him/Monster of Folk’s M. Ward has not only been revisiting his back catalog of original solo material while on tour, but he’s worked a varying list of cover songs — some of which he’s released studio versions of — into the live repertoire as well. Occasionally joined by tourmates Howe Gelb & the Band of Gypsies, Ward performed stripped-down versions of 1983 David Bowie hit “Let’s Dance,” Hold Time track Buddy Holly’s “Rave On,” Leonard Cohen’s “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye,” and more. Below, we’ve culled the best new clips floating around for a little M. Ward live cover song collection that will be updated when new tunes surface.
“There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well. So I take the memories as they come, accepting them all, letting them guide me whenever I can. This happens more often than I let on.”—A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks (via xyours-truly)
“I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me… but it’s hard to stay mad, when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst… And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life… You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure. But don’t worry… you will someday.”—American Beauty (via beautifulingodstime)