Don’t get me wrong, I love going to concerts and hearing music performed live. But taking a live performance and pinning it down just feels wrong, like watching a DVD of a Broadway play.
So it’s rather odd that one of my very favorite songs by one of my very favorite artists is a live recording. This version of Ben Folds Five’s ‘Emaline’ was recorded at a place called Ziggy’s in August of 1995 and put on the B-side of the ‘Where’s Summer B?’ single, and it never fails to lift my spirits.
What’s funny is that I don’t really like the “official” version of the song, a sterile rendition that blasphemously features an acoustic guitar. I like the live version… this live version. For once I can appreciate that this is the next best thing to being there.