Stef Chura releases a yearning cover of Silver Jews' 'How To Rent a Room' in tribute to the much-missed David Berman who passed away earlier this year. A portion of proceeds from this release will go to MusiCares, a charity providing financial, health and rehabilitation resources to music people in times of need. Read more on the good work they do here: https://www.grammy.com/musicares
While Chura has previously performed 'How To Rent a Room' solo in live sets, this version of The Natural Bridge opener came together shortly after Berman's passing this summer. "'How To Rent a Room' has always been one of those songs that I could never let go of," explains Chura. "Ever since the first time I heard it it’s always been one of my favorite songs and remains one that imprinted me as a young songwriter.
"Now, in light of his death, the lyrics take on a new and much sadder meaning. At the time they seemed conceptual, but the line “Now there’s a lot of things that I’m gonna miss, like the thunder down country and the way water drips” is now a haunting and deeply poetic rendering of everyday minutiae and the texture of our lives that we don’t appreciate on a daily basis. The song seems nostalgic for a life he was currently living, and how important it can feel to mean something to someone. Or at least that's my interpretation."
Players: Stef Chura (acoustic guitar/vocals), Clara Salyer (lead guitar), Chad Stocker (bass), Clancy Ryan (drums)
Release date: October 29th, 2019
1. How to Rent a Room