6) Young at Heart Chorus, "Fake Plastic Trees" Newport Folk Festival, 8/2/08
As I said back in August, Sweet Talk was proud of bringing several artists to stages all around the country, but one of the absolute highlights was bringing the Young @ Heart Chorus to Newport Folk. They are not a novelty, they are the truest form of musical expression, full of humor, joy, passion and poignant emotion.
And yes, Josh Jackson, Rita Huston, and I were all crying during their Radiohead Cover of "Fake Plastic Trees". Imagine if you will a petite 87 year old woman singing a capella:
She lives with a broken man
A cracked polystyrene man
Who just crumbles and burns.
He used to do surgery
For girls in the eighties
But gravity always wins.
And it wears him out, it wears him out.
It wears him out, it wears . . .
She looks like the real thing
She tastes like the real thing
My fake plastic love.
But I can't help the feeling
I could blow through the ceiling
If I just turn and run.
And it wears me out, it wears me out.
It wears me out, it wears me out.
And if I could be who you wanted
If I could be who you wanted
All the time, all the time.
while a choir of fellow octogenarians sings harmony, and yes, you'd be balling your eyes out too.
(photo by Michael Weintrob)
5) Wilco "Remember the Mountain Bed" Jackson Hole Music Festival 8/16/2008