My Song – Where Did You Sleep Last Night

It was the first time you heard a particular note, drum beat or electronically created sound that made your ears tingle, your heart skip a beat and resonated with your soul. This is “My Song” – a series where the music that makes the person is spotlighted. James Bullock writes about a song that is synonymous with his time as a Nirvana fan. 


Having recently watched the latest Kurt Cobain documentary, “A Montage of Heck”, I couldn’t help but reminiscence on my enjoyment of the band and its enigmatic lead singer. I became a pretty big Nirvana fan just in time to be in that age range that helped them attain popularity almost a decade earlier. My first car – a 1989 two-door Honda Accord – featured a tape player that got many hours of usage after I went about using my dad’s stereo to record songs off of my Nirvana CDs onto recycled cassette tapes my parents didn’t care about or need anymore. On the days my dad would hitch a ride with me and my need to listen to Nirvana correlated, I usually popped in the cassette showcasing my favorite song’s from Nirvana’s “MTV Unplugged” album; culminating in the band’s version of “In the Pines (Where Did You Sleep Last Night)” – a song my dad was all too familiar with. We’d sing along until the song’s crescendo where I’d take over and do my best Kurt Cobain impression with scratchy voice and all.


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