As Ugly as I Seem

Another amazing performance given in a non-traditional setting. To me, a performance like this feels very personal in that I feel like Jack and Meg White are performing for me alone. Like other great song writers, Jack White uses the lyrics to create a movie in your head.

In 2008, a documentary was made about, and starring; Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White: It Might Get Loud. I think it was at that moment that I realized that Jack White had achieved a rare status among rock guitarists. Hey, I was a Steve Howe guy. I started to explore his music and live performances and really enjoyed what I found. I still watch many of them over and over again. I came to see Jack White as the archetype Rockstar. He commands the stage with his guitar, his voice, his height, his looks, and his presence. It’s really striking. One of my favorite videos from him is the Raconteurs cover of the song, Bang Bang. Singing that song from the male perspective makes it all the more chilling.

It wasn’t until I was older that I began to appreciate vocal performances that weren’t “right” for American Idol. I don’t think Jack White would get his ticket to Vegas. But, that’s a narrow perspective on singing and fails to recognize some of the best there is. This video, to me, is some of the best there is. I’m pretty sure you will watch this one over and over again.

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