Gregory Brothers, “Wrecking Ball (Miley Cyrus cover)”
As a follow up to yesterday’s post of “Little Wrecking Ball,” here is the Gregory Brothers cover of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.” This version lacks all the obnoxiousness and the anxiety of the original and turns it into something substantially beautiful. As it begins, one may think that it sounds like a generic country version of any other pop song, but when their voices plunge into the chorus, the harmonies soar way high above the simple banjo-guitar-snare instrumentation to evoke a truly emotional plea. Farther along near the end of the song, they bring the chorus down to a whisper for which I have no qualm overhearing, and when they bring it back in full voice, I’m glad I did.
Last night was the 2013 MLB All-Star game. Ah, America’s pastime! Who doesn’t love a good baseball game? And what better way to open up America’s game then with a heartfelt rendition of ‘God Bless America’?
And…wait, a minute. Who is this guy coming out to sing God Bless AMERICA?