Our April 7MP3 is an acoustic version "Oven" performed by Jason and Thomas at City Arts Factory in Orlando in March of 2007. Bootlegs of this show have made the rounds amongst our fans. Jason & Thomas did lots of covers that night and also debuted several songs that ended up on day&nightdriving.
"Oven" originally appeared on Rock Crown, the final song on an incredible record. I remember hearing this song in the studio down in New Orleans and being immediately struck by the lyrics, the sparse arrangement, and Ross' very emotional and personal perfomance. This live version makes me think of the first time I heard it that night. Atlantic brought Arif Mardin in to add strings and an orchestral element to the end of the song. This was done after the basic tracks were finished at the studio. You may or may not know Mardin's name, but he produced many influential jazz and soul records of the late 60's and some great 70's rock records. More recently he co-produced Norah Jones Come Away With Me. You can read up on him here.
The song has been a fan favorite since its' release and Seven Mary Three perform it from time to time. Sometimes it takes the right setting (10 year or day&allnighter) for the song to translate, but we performed it last weekend in Pittsburgh in the midst of our full on rock show.
Enjoy this version of "Oven" and feel free to share it with your friends via the nifty share feature on the player.