The One I Love – Nightlight Sessions


I don’t even have words. Like, no words. Besides all the ones I’m about type out right now.

Remember when we went to Little Rock last month and saw my sister Barbara, her husband Dustin and their girls for the first time since 1987? Right, you remember. (this photo was from 1954. Not current us.)

WELL, you know how we always record a song when we’re together? Right right, you know this. Remember Linger? Right. You do. Remember The Hills Are Alive? Right, yes. Yes. Right.

WELL, we have another one for you today. But let me break it down because you need to know what you’re hearing and I’m so excited I can barely even sit still. The song? R.E.M.’s The One I Love. You’re already obsessed, I know. It’s one of my ALL-TIME favorite songs of ALL-TIME ever.

WELL, it was a total surprise to us that that was the song we’d be recording with them. Dustin had already laid down most of the instrumental tracks, and what he thought to be a filler vocal track with his own voice. But it was honestly too good to be replaced. His vocals were perfect so we were like, “DUDE, we’re leaving this. You sound incredible.” So we did.

WELL, we’d spent the entire Saturday together, kid-free while my parents watched all four cousins overnight so that we could actually do this productively and uninterrupted. Except, we spend THE ENTIRE DAY talking and drinking and eating pizza takeout. It was glorious. We looked at the clock and it was freaking 11:45pm (six hours past my bedtime) when we were like, “Oh crap, we better record.” And THIS is what came of it. But!

BUT BUT. (this is us now^)

At 2am (ten hours past my bedtime) when we thought we were finished with all our layered harmonies (I’m all alto parts the main “FI-YAAAA” parts) around Dustin’s lead, Aaron goes, “Wait I have an idea. It still needs something. Why don’t we three (me, Bar and A) go out in this other room and like, yell the ‘fiiiiiiiiiire’ parts in three part harmony? No mics, just projecting, but very very loud.” So we did because we didn’t have any small children to wake up at 3am! (eighteen hours past my bedtime.)

AND THIS IS WHAT BECAME OF IT. And I cannot listen enough. It’s vibey, groovy, swirly, polished and just so cool. Dustin is an absolute master at composing and mixing, it just blows me away. Turn it UP. Or put on headphones. Whatever you have to do.

Without another word, I give you our version of (we’re Nightlight Sessions as of 7:30am today) The One I Love.

Yes we’ll get this on Spotify stat!

One more photo because I feel like being murdered by my sister today.

Don’t tell her I posted this.


41 Responses to The One I Love – Nightlight Sessions

  1. Mandy August 12, 2021 at 10:12 am #
    Love it!!!
  2. Natalie McCance August 12, 2021 at 10:24 am #
    Drop the album Bev and Barb!!
    • Gigi August 12, 2021 at 7:02 pm #
      Nightlight Sessions is the next vibe! OMGosh... sooooo beautiful!
  3. Maria Young August 12, 2021 at 10:25 am #
    LOVE. Totally gave me goosebumps. So beautiful.
  4. Cathmum August 12, 2021 at 11:17 am #
    Fi-yaaaa! It’s really beautiful and thank you for sharing this.
  5. A August 12, 2021 at 11:35 am #
    OB. SESSED. The mix, the vocals, the vibe. This is my jam.
  6. Trisha F August 12, 2021 at 12:21 pm #
    Love this soo much!!!
  7. Sarah Jane Jennings August 12, 2021 at 12:52 pm #
    Okay, don’t take offense, but I have always hated this song….. until now!!!! Holy smokes! This is SO COOL!
    • Bev Weidner August 12, 2021 at 1:04 pm #
      Ahhhh so happy to have made you a convert! :)
  8. Kathy R August 12, 2021 at 1:01 pm #
    Um - that was amazing! Get that on Spotify immediately!
  9. Sally August 12, 2021 at 1:31 pm #
    So so so so good!!!!!! Thank you for sharing!
  10. Sally August 12, 2021 at 1:33 pm #
    So incredibly good!!
  11. Anonymous August 12, 2021 at 2:36 pm #
    Holy cow!!!! That is absolutely incredible, amazing, EVERYTHING!!!! Congrats. So beautiful
  12. Kristin August 12, 2021 at 4:00 pm #
    Oooooh! Love the original, love this! Totally different vibe. Beautiful!!
    • Courtney Pesek August 12, 2021 at 5:55 pm #
      Sooooo good!!!! Sooooooo good!! ??
  13. Anonymous August 12, 2021 at 4:41 pm #
    Love the song!!!!
  14. Kristen August 12, 2021 at 4:43 pm #
    Oh Bev this is incredible!! So fun!
  15. Alexandra August 12, 2021 at 4:44 pm #
    AMAZING ?!!!!!!! Everything about it was incredible !! The sound , beat and singing . Thank you for sharing good music again .
  16. Paula August 12, 2021 at 6:31 pm #
  17. Shannon August 12, 2021 at 6:35 pm #
    Soooooooo much love for this!!! ?Truly amazing all this talent in your sweet family. You guys pick the perfect music and then make it even more perfect!!! My only wish is that you and your sister would do more together - idk, your voices together are something heavenly, magical, angelic……there really are no words. Sorry, sounds reaaaaalllly wonky, but I mean it!! ☺️
  18. Peggy Smith August 12, 2021 at 8:01 pm #
    Best version of the song I’ve heard. Can’t wait to forward it to my friends. Playing it again & again.
  19. Corinn August 12, 2021 at 8:14 pm #
    Absolutely fabulous!!
  20. Kristin Perks August 12, 2021 at 9:11 pm #
    So so good!!!!!
  21. Aunt Deana August 12, 2021 at 9:31 pm #
  22. Trish August 13, 2021 at 3:40 am #
    Love it!! And next one is coming when?!?
  23. Carrie August 13, 2021 at 9:41 am #
    Hauntingly beautiful!! Love it!!! When's the album coming out???
  24. Shannon August 13, 2021 at 10:08 am #
    Wow! This sounds AMAZING!
  25. Amanda August 13, 2021 at 10:15 am #
    No words, truly beautiful!! ❤
  26. Bev C. August 13, 2021 at 10:24 am #
    This is great! I always thought he sang “I am…..” (instead of Fi…yaaaa), and I never understood why… LOL ?
  27. Jaimie August 13, 2021 at 10:39 am #
    SO GREAT!!!!!!!!
  28. Lori August 13, 2021 at 10:41 am #
    LIke someone else above, I've never liked REM or this song (don't hate me, it's high school PTSD I"m sure!), but this is incredible. It really is a whole vibe. So beautiful. Who is singing first in the very beginning - Aaron or Dustin? So much talent!
  29. Sandra August 13, 2021 at 10:47 am #
    So much better than the original! Wow!
  30. Lisa August 13, 2021 at 11:26 am #
    CHILLS. This is AMAZING. Thank you so much for sharing!!!!!
  31. Diana Wilkinson August 13, 2021 at 12:03 pm #
    Awesome !!! Love it!! On replay !!
  32. Sarahd August 13, 2021 at 12:22 pm #
    That sounds like the most fun EVA!!!
  33. Joyce Wilson August 13, 2021 at 2:33 pm #
    Holy-Mazoley.....even if the music, the singing, the words, and the sound was all would still have to touch your heart to see and hear about the camaraderie, planning, excitement, and pure, pure LOVE that this event created during all of those together-time-hours....and so, you would have to say it's a hit. But.....the music, the singing, the words, and the sound is completely fabulous TOO!!!!!. What passion!!! What total joy!!!
  34. Nicole Gerken August 13, 2021 at 4:02 pm #
    Love this, Bev!!!! Beautiful <3
  35. Christi August 13, 2021 at 10:43 pm #
    Chef's kiss! Perfection.
  36. Jenny August 14, 2021 at 12:32 pm #
    I just listened to all 3 three songs you had on this post and like many of your other readers I am ready for an album O could not get enough of the beautiful music you made. Thanks for a wonderful listen. I am forwarding this e mail to my son in Texas who is recuperating from a serious hip surgery. (actually 2 since his broke his femur 3 weeks post his first surgery). I'm sure he will find the wonderful music relaxing. Thanks a million times over.
  37. Sandy Coughlin August 15, 2021 at 5:58 pm #
    yes, yes, YES! I love it, Bev!

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