At John Wesley Harding's wildly entertaining "Cabinet of Wonders" show Wednesday night in Portland, the theme was love songs. The Decemberists served as the house band, joined by a variety of singers, including kd lang, Sallie Ford, Laura Veirs, Scott McCaughey and others.
The entire show was spectacular, but a major highlight was Colin Meloy and Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) sharing the vocals on R.E.M.'s "You Are The Everything" which Meloy introduced as one of his favorites. Peter Buck's mandolin playing gave it an extra dose of authenticity.
You Are the Everything from vivian johnson on Vimeo.
You Are The Everything performance
The show was a benefit for My Music Rx, a terrific organization that brings music to children undergoing serious illnesses. Check them out.
R.E.M.'s web page mentioned the event and gave a nice shout out to the WYMA blog - much appreciated!