take a load off

I'm always a little late discovering good tv shows.  I think I started watching Seinfeld in its second-last season.  Probably part of that is me not being much of a "joiner-inner" and not inclined to watch things just because everybody else is. (Er, in my defence though, during the Seinfeld glory days I WAS also a single mother of two little girls and going to university full time while holding down some part-time jobs, but I digress…)  Anyway, usually when I discover these things I never seem to remember when they're on so watching them often becomes an occasional pleasant surprise kind of thing. 

This was the case last year when I discovered the show "Spectacle: Elvis Costello with…"  I still don't ever seem to remember when it's on, I just stumble upon it every odd week or so.  And every time I do I think it's the best thing since sliced bread.

Most of that is about Costello's reverence for music and his guests that create it.  He's engaged, and so then are we.  And that audience – I've described the show as an "Inside the Actors Studio" for musicians.

Anyway, I didn't see the particular episode which begat the video below.  I sure wish I had.  It's one of my favourite songs – more than that – a family favourite song.  A song of such oddness and magic that few ever tried to cover it; and those that did produced something akin to REALLY LAME. 

Well, guess what – this one, recorded on Costello's Spectacle, is gorgeous.  Some great tv and an even greater song. 

This one's for my sisters and my daughters. 




  1. Mike January 24, 2010

    a meaningful song for many years, in college “crazy Chester” was the name we gave our landlords brother-in-law who lived in the basement of the house we rented ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. jen January 24, 2010

    Ha! Crazy Chester lives!

  3. Susannah January 25, 2010

    Great video I really enjoyed it! I had never heard of the show (it obviously doesn’t show in England? ) But since watching this I have tracked down more youtube clips, it is just the sort of thing I would watch.
    Here we have a programme called ‘later with Jools’ hosted by Jools Holland with different guests every week, it sounds a similar type of thing but I would love it if they showed Elvis Costello’s spectacle too.
    Thanks for letting me know it exists. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Jennifer January 25, 2010

    I’ve heard of that Jools Holland show Susannah. Will check to see if I can find some of it on youtube as well!

  5. Selma January 28, 2010

    I’ve been watching Elvis Costello’s show. It is really good. He’s had some great guests on there. Jools Holland is great too. If you get the chance to see it I would highly recommend it!

  6. Jennifer January 28, 2010

    You’re the second person to recommend Holland’s show – now I have to see if I can watch it.

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