“For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her,” Live at the Hollywood Bowl, 8/23/1968
Paul: There has been a change of identity or roles in our group… In our new capacity I am now the heavy of the group. I make nasty comments and kick kids and do things like that. And Art has now become our sex symbol. One newspaper referred to him as a frightened gazelle. At this juncture, the frightened gazelle will sing ‘For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her.’
I think Paul really likes talking to the audience. When I saw him live, as he walked out he commented that right before the show is his favorite part, (I’m paraphrasing here,) soaking in the anticipation and excitement. This was just about a year ago (April 2011) so I think it’s a testament to his artistry that he can still get those feelings after touring for so long.
As for the song itself, this is one of the smoothest recordings I’ve heard of Art singing it. It’s one of those songs where you can really see his skill- true tenor or not, regardless of the key, even seasoned singers, I think, are challenged to get it to sound good.
…And that’s just about the most commas I’ve ever put in a sentence without being ironic about it. Such is what happens when I gush about S&G.