Every once in a while I’ll randomly come across a video on YouTube that strikes a cord in me, and I’ll end up coming back to it again once or twice a year. This cover of Randy Travis’s Diggin up Bones by YouTube performer (and probably dad) Kevindad123 is one of those videos. Something about it always stuck with me, and every repeat viewing seemed to confirm to me that there’s something special about this video.
Kevin’s performance is incredibly earnest, and one that’s pitch-perfect from start to finish. The tinny lo-fi digital recording setup and sparse lighting only enhance the effect the song’s “recent broken home.”