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Several months ago, my brother Tim received word from a session man of Michael Buble's (whose acquaintance he'd made on the road at some point

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At Last, an Explanation for Why My Brother's Song Failed to Make Michael Buble's New Album

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Several months ago, my brother Tim received word from a session man of Michael Buble's (whose acquaintance he'd made on the road at some point in time) that the chart-topping Canadian crooner had recorded one of Tim's songs, "End of May," for possible inclusion on his new album, Crazy Love. This spare, heartfelt ballad (included on Gravelled & Green, the 2001 album from Tim's band The Actual Tigers) ultimately didn't make the cut, and thus Buble dropped out of our familial consciousness--until Tim came across an interview with Buble in the Globe & Mail, in which the crooner talks about how the album served as therapy for his very public breakup with the actress Emily Blunt.

Per the Globe & Mail: "The breakup, says the Burnaby, B.C., native, was 'one of the worst things that's ever happened to me and one of the best things that's ever happened to me, because it gave me an opportunity to really take a look at myself and to become a more conscious human being and, I think, to have a chance to like myself more, and not to allow my insecurity to get in the way of my business or my art or my personal relationships or even relationships with my family.' He also says he was much more present when performing these songs. He didn't want to just sound good; he actually forced himself to think about the words, think about the emotions, and draw on his own experiences to convey the pain (or joy) of the lyrics. Sometimes it was so difficult, he couldn't get through the song. He had a particularly tough time recording a cover of 'End of May'--which ultimately didn't make it onto the album."

So there you have it: Tim's track was simply too profound for Buble. Small consolation (had the song, which you can listen to here, made it onto the album, Tim, a lifelong renter, would currently be shopping for vacation homes in the San Juans), but it's something. Update: Buble just phoned after seeing this post to elaborate on his decision to leave "End of May" off Crazy Love. Says Buble: "First off, it's one of the most beautiful fuckin' songs ever. It was one of the toughest decisions I had to make on the record, and I'm still not sure I made the right decision. They wanted to use it as a bonus track, but I disallowed it. I think it's far too good to be put out as a bonus track. I want to save it for a soundtrack, or if I have to, I will sit on it for my next record, because it's honestly the best vocal performance I've ever given, and it's wonderfully inspiring."

 
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