My first-ever full-length solo concerts happened in November, and I’m very happy that we were able to videotape them. The excellent Paul Wojciak gave me a crash course in video editing, allowing me to watch and take notes while he put together 4 songs. This one is a live performance of the song “Diamond in the Rough,” written by the wonderful Shawn Colvin. I’ve loved this song since it came out on her first album, “Steady On” — like all her best stuff, it’s incredibly singable and hooky, with oblique lyrics that are somehow clear as day. We put delay all over the violin to make it chug along rhythmically without any percussion, and it’s a really fun song to play live.
“Diamond in the Rough” performed live by Valerie Vigoda, November 2011 from Valerie Vigoda on Vimeo.