Saturday, May 16, 2009

A Saturday Night Spectacle

Rufus Wainwright was Elvis Costello's guest tonight on Spectacle.  And yes, Elvis' hat was utterly distracting. Poor dear. I recommend trying to catch a repeat of this episode.  Rufus is adorable, witty, charming and ever-talented.  His impromptu performance of Jeff Buckley's Memphis Skyline stopped my breathing.  An absolute gorgeous voice and of course a beautiful composition.

Never thought of Hades
Under the Mississippi
But still I've come to sing for him
So southern furies
Prepare to walk for my harp
I have strung, and I will leave with him
Relax the cogs of rhyme
Over the Memphis sky
Turn back the wheels of time
Under the Memphis skyline
Always hated him for the way he looked
In the gaslight of the morning
Then came hallelujah sounding like mad Ophelia
For me in my room living
So kiss me, my darling stay with me till morning
Turn back and you will stay
Under the Memphis Skyline

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