Joanna Newsom can be described in many ways: unique, mysterious, reclusive, and insanely talented are a few words that come to mind. Last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon all these characteristics and more were on display, as Ms. Newsom took to the late night program on an evening where few were watching (thank goodness for YouTube!) to support her jaw-droppingly good third LP, Have One On Me, by performing “Soft as Chalk”, a song in which few in the mainstream world would either understand or appreciate.
Of course, the end result was nothing less than brilliant. Dressed in red and accompanied by her piano, Newsom carefully balanced simplistic piano strokes with delectable vocals for five straight minutes, an exhaustive taste for sure and one which accurately exemplifies Newsom’s appeal. Take note of J-Fal’s reaction after all! He’s giddy as a schoolboy.