I have been very negligent of this space. The video put to this song is unsuspectingly gorgeous. I looked at the wikipedia entry (because we all know that’s such a solid source of information) to make sure I got the titling of the song correct and came across this previously unknown (to me, I mean) tidbit, which throws the song into someplace new:

It was first recorded by Otis Redding in 1967, days before his death on December 10, 1967 in a plane crash in Wisconsin that killed everyone onboard except Ben Cauley, the trumpeter in the band. It was released posthumously on Stax Records’ Volt label in 1968, becoming the first posthumous single to top the charts in the US.