Columbia When Ben Lee was 18, he heard Bob Dylan's song 'Isis' playing on a…
- Posted on Sep 22nd 2010 2:00PM by Mike Ayers
"He was a songwriter in the Lee Hazlewood vein, who had a Spector-y production behind him," he tells Spinner. "My uncle was a big influence on where my influences took at a young age. He turned me onto Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson. [Lind] was his favorite songwriter."
Costa thought so highly of the Lind song 'Ask Your Man,' he actually took the lyrics and reworked them into a new song called 'Drive.' It's a piano-driven pop track that sounds like it could be a long-lost Beach Boys tune with its shimmering summery feel.
"The lyrics are a reinterpretation of his lyrics," Costa adds. "It's taking a theme and making it present at the same time. When I told [Lind], he was excited that it was taking a new life. It feels 100 percent my story and my song. That's the goal -- I wasn't expecting to archive, but to take something from then and really feel like it's your own."
Lind's career was highlighted by the song 'Elusive Butterfly,' which peaked at No. 5 on the charts, but he retired from the music business in 1969. Over the years, iconic artists such as Cher, Dolly Parton, Nancy Sinatra and Eric Clapton have all covered Lind tunes, so Costa is certainly in good company.
Costa's coast-to-coast tour begins Oct. 2 in California State University in Chico, Calif. 'Mobile Chateau' is out now on Brushfire Records.