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.
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."