With apologies to the legions of sad nerds out there to whom this is probably sacrilege, here’s a video of Gossip Girl‘s Penn Badgley performing as Jeff Buckley doing “Once I Was” in the upcoming film Greetings From Tim Buckley. How dare they, and so forth.
The movie tells the story of the younger Buckley’s first public performance — at a tribute concert to his dad, Tim, who died of a drug overdose before Jeff was only 8. While troubled by his father’s legacy and his desire to make a name for himself, the 1991 performance was the breakout moment in Jeff’s career, thanks in part to his beautiful rendition of “Once I Was.” (via Spinner)
Surprisingly, Badgley acquits himself more than competently. Sometimes seems like maybe singing a song real-pretty isn’t all that magical and rare of a talent as we sometimes make it out to be.
Go HERE for the video, since the embed code is being a big baby.