"She's Got a Way" by Billy Joel, an acoustic cover by Mike Massé.
How often do we encounter a song so beautiful and simple (with added beauty in its simplicity), that a rendition by one person and their instrument becomes a top 25 hit? Pretty rare, anyway. That fact was not lost on me, even as an 11-year-old kid hearing this on the radio for the first time. It was just Billy Joel and his piano. Live. Completely crushing it. So much nuance; those amazing expressive variations; his perfect use of dynamics. Not to mention his wisdom in knowing that the song doesn't need anything else. Thankfully he became confident enough in his perfect composition to know that to add to it would have been to take away. Lessons learned from the earlier more anonymous studio version, which only hinted at the greatness this song would eventually achieve live.
That haunting yet tender live version from 1981's "Songs in the Attic" is what I pay tribute to here, translated to guitar. I did my best to preserve what is beloved about the original (as is my modus operandi, for those who've been paying attention). ;) Hopefully you'll hear in my version what I love so much about the original.