On the fourth evening of Hanukkah Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin gave us a basic coming-of-age music. Mid-way by means of this yr’s “Hanukkah Classes,” the Foo Fighters chief and producer invited Grohl’s 16-year-old daughter, Violet, to the stage for a shifting cowl of Janis Ian’s 1975 hit “At Seventeen.”
“I realized the reality at 17/ That love was meant for magnificence queens/ And highschool ladies with clear-skinned smiles/ Who married younger after which retired,” Violet sang in a voice too younger to be as world-weary because the character in Ian’s music. Strumming an acoustic guitar as dad Dave gently brushed the drums behind her and producer Kurstin offered light-touch, jazzy piano backing, the preternaturally poised teen introduced a hush over the room as she painted a world of adlescent angst that swings from hope to angsty despair and again once more.
And, in a touching second, proud dad Dave gave his daughter an enormous smile and two fists up for her elegant efforts at music’s finish.
“Born Janis Eddy Fink, a 23-year-old Janis Ian wrote one of many all time basic coming of age anthems ‘At Seventeen’ — right here it’s as interpreted by Violet Grohl,” learn the video’s description. It’s simply the newest spectacular exhibiting by Violet, who additionally joined her dad and a parade of all-stars paying tribute to late Foo’s drummer Taylor Hawkins at a pair of memorial live shows in London and L.A. earlier this yr, the place she effortlessly pulled off shifting covers of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and Jeff Buckley’s “Final Goodbye.”
Up to now this season, Kurstin and Grohl have teamed with the previous’s The Fowl and the Bee bandmate Inara George for 10cc’s “The Issues We Do For Love,” P!nk on “Get the Get together Began” and director Judd Apatow for Blood, Sweat & Tears’ “Spinning Wheel.” That is Grohl and Kurstin’s third yr posting eight nights of covers of songs made well-known by Jewish musicians. In a twist, this yr’s efforts had been all recorded dwell at Los Angeles’ intimate Largo on Dec. 5 with a forged of all-star friends taking the stage on the 250-capacity membership.
Grohl and Kurstin launched the primary “Classes” in Dec. 2020 within the midst of the primary winter of the COVID-19 pandemic, dropping one new cowl for every evening of the vacation. Within the midst of a regarding rise in antisemitic incidents and hate speech within the U.S., proceeds from the Largo evening went to the Anti-Defamation League.
Watch “At Seventeen” under.