Today’s morning music clip features the great country singer Lefty Frizzell. Lefty was a huge influence on many, especially Willie Nelson (who turned 80 this week) and the late George Jones.

I remain continually thrilled and delighted that YouTube offers clips like this one — it’s a real Aladdin’s cave of cultural treasures. Pre-internet, the only way you could get to see music performers of the past was if you stumbled upon TV documentaries about music history or a particular performer’s life story. Even then, they’d usually only excerpt part of the song rather than showing the whole thing, and of course usually only the most popular mainstream performers tended to be featured.

But now, YouTube has made it possible for everyone to enjoy films of great performers that in the past, scholars and collectors aside, would never have seen the light of day. I’ve whiled away many happy hours on YouTube seeking videos like this one — not to mention the rare films, TV shows and TV commercials, and other cultural ephemera it offers. YouTube is one of the best things the internets ever invented, as far as I’m concerned.

Kathleen Geier

Kathleen Geier is a writer and public policy researcher who lives in Chicago. She blogs at Inequality Matters. Find her on Twitter: @Kathy_Gee