Just the Two of Us (feat. Sxip Shirey)

Submitted by nonesuch on Fri, 05/01/2020 - 16:54
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“We made this song in a very un-socially distanced time, a few years ago," Rhiannon Giddens says of her take on Bill Withers' "Just the Two of Us" featuring Sxip Shirey. "When Bill Withers passed, we suddenly remembered we had made this and thought it would serve as the perfect backdrop to the reality of where we are now—staying inside so that our healthcare workers have the best chance to fight this virus that cares nothing for the artificial divisions we have put up between us." Proceeds go to Global Giving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund.

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Rhiannon Giddens has released a new music video and recording of “Just the Two of Us,” her take on the Bill Withers classic. The video, which you can watch below, features photos and videos taken by friends and family in quarantine, and workers in the North Carolina UNC and NY-Presbytarian healthcare systems. The recording features longtime collaborator Sxip Shirey on harmonica and electronics. You can listen to and download the song here; proceeds go to Global Giving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund.

“We made this song in a very un-socially distanced time, a few years ago when our paths crossed in New York. It sat, untouched in our vaults since then. When Bill Withers passed, we suddenly remembered we had made this beautiful version of ‘Just the Two of Us,’ and thought it would serve as the perfect backdrop to the reality of where we are now—staying inside so that our healthcare workers have the best chance to fight this virus that cares nothing for the artificial divisions we have put up between us. So whether it's just the two of us, or just a few of us; whether the lockdown has been for months or it’s about to be lifted; Covid-19 is here for the foreseeable future, and the more we can be alone together now, the better the future will be.”

For more information on the Global Giving Coronavirus Relief Fund and to donate, visit globalgiving.org.

Giddens recently launched Art Is Alive: A COVID-19 Directory of Give and Take. The website collects and lists resources for artists and those willing to help them. It also has links and resources for fostering awareness, togetherness, and hope for the creative freelance communities affected by the pandemic. Art Is Alive lays out donation opportunities, sources of available funding, a full and ever-evolving list of official insights and information, as well as a breakdown of platforms offering at-home performance opportunities. The site aims to connect artists to fans in the current stay-at-home climate.

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Rhiannon Giddens
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MUSICIANS
Rhiannon Giddens, vocals
Sxip Shirey, harmonica and electronics
John Altieri, sousaphone
Attis Clopton, drums
Don Godwin, valve trombone

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News & Reviews

  • Rhiannon Giddens is on the latest episode of BBC World Service’s Music Life with fellow musicians Alela Diane, Mariee Siou, and Uwade. They discuss the spark that goes off when songwriting goes well, how moments of personal growth and transition affect their music, thinking of taxes while performing, and more. You can hear their conversation here.

  • Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi performed live from the US Ambassador’s Residence in Dublin last month as part of the Other Voices special Dignity: Towards a More Equitable Future. For the event, a celebration of shared musical culture between the US and Ireland, Giddens and Turrisi performed "Calling Me Home" and "I Shall Not Be Moved," from their 2021 album, They’re Calling Me Home; "Build a House"; and Paul Simon’s "American Tune." You can watch the full show as well as the standalone performances of "American Tune" and "I Shall Not Be Moved" here.

  • About This Album

    Rhiannon Giddens has released a new music video and recording of “Just the Two of Us,” her take on the Bill Withers classic. The video, which you can watch below, features photos and videos taken by friends and family in quarantine, and workers in the North Carolina UNC and NY-Presbytarian healthcare systems. The recording features longtime collaborator Sxip Shirey on harmonica and electronics. You can listen to and download the song here; proceeds go to Global Giving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund.

    “We made this song in a very un-socially distanced time, a few years ago when our paths crossed in New York. It sat, untouched in our vaults since then. When Bill Withers passed, we suddenly remembered we had made this beautiful version of ‘Just the Two of Us,’ and thought it would serve as the perfect backdrop to the reality of where we are now—staying inside so that our healthcare workers have the best chance to fight this virus that cares nothing for the artificial divisions we have put up between us. So whether it's just the two of us, or just a few of us; whether the lockdown has been for months or it’s about to be lifted; Covid-19 is here for the foreseeable future, and the more we can be alone together now, the better the future will be.”

    For more information on the Global Giving Coronavirus Relief Fund and to donate, visit globalgiving.org.

    Giddens recently launched Art Is Alive: A COVID-19 Directory of Give and Take. The website collects and lists resources for artists and those willing to help them. It also has links and resources for fostering awareness, togetherness, and hope for the creative freelance communities affected by the pandemic. Art Is Alive lays out donation opportunities, sources of available funding, a full and ever-evolving list of official insights and information, as well as a breakdown of platforms offering at-home performance opportunities. The site aims to connect artists to fans in the current stay-at-home climate.

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    MUSICIANS
    Rhiannon Giddens, vocals
    Sxip Shirey, harmonica and electronics
    John Altieri, sousaphone
    Attis Clopton, drums
    Don Godwin, valve trombone