Friday, April 4, 2014

Tick all the boxes

If I had a tick-list of things to look for in the perfect "Astral Weeks" cover, this rendition would tick all the boxes: viaduct pronounced as "via-DOCK"; a teeny bit of falsetto; a guitarist ditching their pick mid-song; a guitarist getting all giggly mid-song; a lyrical brainfart; raucous foot stomping; a sung word that may or may not have been profanity; an artist who loses the plot entirely, comes back to their senses, then teeters on the edge of madness once more; a young person whose from-the-very-depths-of-their-soul performance makes it clear they simply can't exist without Astral Weeks.

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