Here’s the studio version of that song:
Here’s what might be a live vocal over a backing track:
And here’s an absolutely cracking version of the track, Joan Osborne live with the Funk Brothers (the original band on that first version).
As ever when posting that video I draw attention to that complete shit eating grin that Osborne has at 3.20 and following. Knowing that you’re in fine voice, in front of one of the finest bands in the world and absolutely nailing it.
Those of us who have played live music at some point know that that’s the point of it all. The nirvana to be reached. I was never in fine voice of course, and never played in front of one of the best bands of the world: wasn’t really very good myself in fact. But there was a gig at the Hurlingham Club 24 years ago when for some 10 to 15 minutes I was just nailing it. Still remember it, the almost out of body joy of the music just flowing through.
Different from sex, obviously, but in some ways better than.