I’m sure a lot of you know by now that I love “Free bird.” It’s a classic. An ├╝ber classic. I’m very particular about the song though. Unlike some other pieces of music that had countless cover versions that are also enjoyable and maybe even better than he original (a lot of Bob Dylan songs), Free bird is not one of them. Even lynyrd skynyrd didn’t get it right all the time. The definitive version is the one we hear on the radio all the time and one very particular live recording of the track. That’s it.

Any other arrangement, cover, different singer, whatever isn’t the album version or that specific live recording, is trash and it makes my ears bleed and I go crazy and I won’t be responsible for what happens and stop looking at me funny…