Transcription of Naive Spin, Aaron Lansing

• Though I thought this was easy to transcribe, it wasn't. The rhythm of the melody is hard to find.

Watch the video: should it be number 1 or number 2? De green arrows point the difference.
The rest before the a in number 2 is shorter:

I prefered the number 1.
• But
That seems not to correspond with the second part of the piece. These f's don't sound together in the original:

So, the number 2, 9/8 anyway?:

• Or
Since the notes on the first beat of the measure aren't that nice together either,
is it just a way of performing, a style?
Something to ignore in the sheet?