In his teens, he began playing his older brother's guitar and taught himself the Beatles' songbook.With influences that also included country, gospel and jazz (with Louis Armstrong a major inspiration), he played with the Americana band Rodriguez for several years. Ward's style of music has been distinguished by its analog sound, with the musician preferring to rely on vintage styles of recording as well as traditional song ideas from a folk and acoustic palette.Simply put: It’s still creepy (and this is coming from someone who loves gender-bendy cover songs way more than your average listener). Ward “Beautiful, please don’t hurry,” this is out of my holiday rotation (along with all of the other “Baby It’s Cold Outside” covers—yep, even this other Deschanel version). The first line is almost of sweet, one person asking the other to stay and cuddle, but then it devolves quickly into the creepy. And really, though I know I'll likely be in the minority on this, isn't Zooey Deschanel creepy enough already? I think if you look closely it's clear that the woman wants to stay, she's just worried about what other people will think.If only America’s shopping districts would follow suit. Never had I recognized the patriarchal and violent undertones of "Baby, It's Cold Outside." Although I love traditional Christmas tunes, regardless of the ideas they reinforces and messages they send, it's still important to point out what these songs are telling us. I think the lines "Well Maybe just a half a drink more" and "At least I'm gonna say that I tried" strongly imply that she's already made up her mind to stay, she's just being coy.Other times it's like an epiphany moment or just something beautiful that you see.”“I'm more of an introvert than an extrovert. Whereas when I was younger, I think I felt there was something wrong about not entering the room and immediately being the life of the party.”“For some reason, I made a point to learn every song from A to Z in the Beatles catalog when I was in high school. That was my education to chord progressions and right-hand technique.The Beatles have such an incredible vocabulary of guitar styles that it was a good education.”“I wouldn't want to cover a Hank Williams song in a country-western way.
After all, perpetrators of reported acquaintance rape are almost always men, so maybe having a woman sing the predator’s part could be subversive instead of offensive? While subversive may have been what She & Him were going for with this cover, putting a “new spin” on a song about a possibly drug-filled, boozy night of nonconsensual sexual activity by casting a woman as the would-be rapist still leaves you with a song about a possibly drug-filled, boozy night of nonconsensual sexual activity. I never thought it regarded date-rape drugs (though you never know), I thought it was more the wink-wink sentiment of a worldly man serving a naive woman alcohol without her understanding what it is. And I agree, having Zooey Deschanel sing thing the "wolf" (excuse me while I shudder) part doesn't make it less creepy.Together, She & Him have recorded three studio albums, as well as a Christmas release. Sometimes it's as insignificant as a friend of yours saying something, a turn of phrase.(For those of you still not convinced—or distracted by the song’s musical charms—review the lyrics here. ” section.) On their latest album I’ll admit: I want to like “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” The tune is infectious beyond reason, and if the lyrics weren’t so thoroughly “sketchy” (to use Urban Dictionary’s word for it), this duet could be kinda fun.Who doesn’t want to have a holiday party with their crush (minus the date rape)?