Friday, March 06, 2009

Celebrating the Greatness of a Great Song

We’ve celebrated some badness here lately, so today – being that it’s the end of a long and tiring week – let’s celebrate some greatness.

Namely, the greatness that is the song “Wichita Lineman,” written by Jimmy Webb. I don’t think it’s much of an exaggeration to call the song an American standard. What can you say, except that it’s a beautiful song?

First, we have Glen Campbell in his prime.

And then, more than two decades later, R.E.M. performs the song, in a heartfelt tribute.

And finally, back to Glen, just a couple of years ago, with many miles of road behind him, no doubt wiser for the experience.

And there you have it, folks: Wichita Lineman Friday!

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