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My Favourite Song Right Now
July 25, 2008, 10:09 pm
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Two versions.  First, the original Tom Waits version.  Second, the new Scarlett Johansson cover.  

BTW – It seems to me that there are two kinds of music fans.  There those who judge a vocal performance according to a rather thin and mechanical standard of technical precision.  (Is the singer on pitch and in rhythm?  Are there technical flaws?)  And there are those who judge a vocal performance according to a much more subtle standard of soulfulness and emotional expression.  (How moved am I by the performance?)

I stand with the latter.  That’s why I think that Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Stephen Malkmus, and Tom Waits are among our greatest vocal performers.  From a certain kind of technical perspective, their performances are flawed.  Maybe even deeply flawed.  Yet they are wonderful.  

I think each of these performances are great.  


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