Elvis Perkins. while you were sleeping.

Son of actor Anthony Perkins (Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho). His mother, a photographer, died on 9/11 (a passenger of one of the flights that hit the Twin Towers).

Elvis wrote “While you were sleeping” for his first album “Ash Wednesday” (9/11 was a Tuesday) originally released in 2006. Neutral Milk Hotel, David Gray, Nick Drake and so on were mentioned as influences for the record.

“While you were sleeping” is simply one of the greatest songs of the past decade.                                                                                                                                                       In my top 10, for sure.

Lyrically a masterpiece (I can imagine the media frenzy if Bob Dylan had come up with those lyrics), it appears to be an intense and moving tribute to his mother.

  While you were sleeping your babies grew…

Here, Elvis playing the single version of the song live at The Late Show with David Letterman. A way to appreciate the arrangement: 4 instruments slowly join the singer to send the song into the stratosphere. Talk about great songwriting!