I spent last Thursday watching Rufus Wainwright sing his latest single "Going To A Town" at a TV show taping (for the day job). It was truly magical. GTAT is such a beautiful song and his extraordinary talent is so much more apparent in an intimate live setting.
But I've always loved Rufus, even before I heard a song of his. Ya see, PopMuse was a Production Assistant on a Dreamworks Records (remember them) EPK shoot for his first CD back in 1998. And Rufus asked the crew to film a Dorothy Parker-esque 'Tea Party' at an older lady friend's home. It was hours of Rufus and all his um, eccentric friends talking art and literature. I liked him, the label worried. Then he sat at the piano and played a song, and my like turned to love, and the label settled.
Seeing him now in person, almost ten years later, us both the same age, all growns up, sober, and professional, was a sweet moment. To me he looks better now then he did at 25, (and I'm so jealous he still has all that beautiful hair!)
Watch the new Rufus video above, it's simple and powerful and perfect. (Funny how nearly all the Music Video Directors of my day have disappeared or jumped into features EXCEPT Sophie Muller who is still going SO STRONG.
[pic coutesy of xolondon]