Jesse Winchester–Killing Softly on Costello’s Spectacle Show

Apr 9th, 2010 in Music

Elvis is coming to Santa Barbara, and I was reminded by a blurb in the paper of Jesse Winchester’s heartrending performance of his newish song Sham-A-Ling-Dong-Ding from the second season of Costello’s spectacular Spectacle show on The Sundance Channel (Wednesday nights).  Costello is quoted as listing this performance as the finest moment of all of the two Spectacle seasons.  I couldn’t agree more, though a surprising close second was Costello’s and Elton John’s duet on the very first Spectacle episode of the great David Ackles’ song Down River.

Spectacle is a treasure trove, and highly recommended.

Check out ole Jesse jerking the tears right out of Neko Case and Costello fightin’ it off until he’s “finished.”  Great performance and homage to a long, loving relationship.  May it be so.

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