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21 August 2013

FOCAL POINT : Jimmy Webb & The CompanY, “Didn't We”

“DIDN'T WE” is a song written by American singer Jimmy Webb. First recorded by James Darren in 1967, the slow ballad has been performed by such vocalists as Frank Sinatra and Carmen McRae. It depicts a failed relationship, almost similar to the themes that Mr. Webb explored around the time that he wrote the song. (Remember “MacArthur Park” with all its strange similes and metaphors?) “Didn't We” is the least corny sentimental of those songs, despite the morose message of regret.

The Philippine vocal group The CompanY covered “Didn't We” for their debut album 'Yon Na! (That's It!) in 1991; Mr. Webb recorded his own version five years later. These are two of the most gorgeous covers I've ever heard, so I thought of fusing them together. Here's my mashup.


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