Sometimes Slow Is Cool
Cheech without Chong just doesn’t do it for me. Neither does ham without eggs, Fonzie without the jacket, the roadrunner without the coyote or the airshow without the crash.
But take Dolly Parton’s hit song Jolene, slow it down 25%, and you have something that’s utterly different and hauntingly beautiful:
This works because of Dolly Parton’s naturally nasally, pitchy voice. If it sounded any different then slowing it down would make her sound like some croaking frog monster. Instead, this slowed down tune sounds smoky. Heartsick. Silky. Like something you’d hear oozing through the cracks of a run-down juke joint at the forgotten end of Bourbon Street, beckoning you to leave the comfort of the familiar, slip inside, order a whiskey and listen…