“Today” is a folk rock ballad written by Marty Balin and Paul Kantner from the band Jefferson Airplane. It first appeared on their album Surrealistic Pillow with a live version later appearing on the expanded rerelease of Bless Its Pointed Little Head. Marty Balin said, “I wrote it to try to meet Tony Bennett. He was recording in the next studio. I admired him, so I thought I’d write him a song. I never got to meet him, but the Airplane ended up doing it.” Jerry Garcia plays the simple, repetitive but poignant lead guitar riff on the song.
Today is to me still as hauntingly evocative as it was on Surrealistic Pillow.
Here is a nice live version, very much in the spirit of the original, but, live.
Jefferson Airplane – Today (Grace Slick)
Uncovered Emotions – Nov 5, 2015 – 2:11
The version from the Bless Its Pointed Little Head performance was sad, and I don’t mean haunting-evocative sad, just, like, I’m not linking to it.
Here’s the original from Surrealistic Pillow.
It was either the unrelated hippy-dippy video or a still of the album cover.
Just enjoy the song.
Jefferson Airplane – Today HQ
Nicolas B – Nov 4, 2016 – 3:01