"Because of You"
White Light, 1971
Disenchanted with the star-making machinations of Los Angeles, Gene Clark decamped to Mendocino with his girlfriend (and soon-to-be wife) Carlie McCummings, writing a new batch of songs for his second solo album, White Light. Contemplative, refined and wholly gorgeous, "Because of You" sees Clark addressing the acquisition of love rather than its loss. Producer (and unsung hero guitarist) Jesse Ed Davis adds tasteful garlands of slide guitar, organ and hand percussion as Clark sings of love as "the taste of one in two."