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Cover Battle – “Something” February 14, 2014

 

In honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to America (via The Ed Sullivan Show) I decided to do one of their classics. Also last Sunday I saw part of a special on CBS celebrating the anniversary and this one really spoke to me.

 

This song has been covered, by, like, a billion talented, well-known artists so it’s maddening to figure out who to include and who to ignore. There are plenty of covers I don’t like by people I do like. Seal, Ike & Tina Turner, and Bruce Springsteen, for example, but I’ve put in a couple others as well. (Whoever put up the Springsteen one set it over scenes from Cinderella, which I don’t get the connection at all.)

 

Something” is absolutely one of the most beautiful, romantic songs I’ve ever heard. The original is so simple and straightforward yet so powerful and passionate. The depth of feeling and love in this composition is amazing. It acknowledges that’s everything’s not all butterflies and roses, and there could be doubt, but it’s still hopeful and devoted. It’s bloody brilliant.

 

We get to hear the song done live by George Harrison and Eric Clapton. The enduring friendship of these two men is astonishing, given everything they’ve gone through together. The video itself is a fan made piece in honor of Mr. Harrison, so watching it and hearing him live is a bit melancholy. Although I love Paul McCartney, George Harrison was my favorite Beatle crush.

 

The Lauryn Hill performance on David Letterman – wow. I’m not going to say it’s better than the original, but the full backing band and the whole bluesy-rock interpretation is audacious. She took this classic timeless song and just put her own unique stamp on it. As the video fades out you can even hear the awe and admiration from Dave and his band leader, Paul Shaffer. And it’s richly deserved.

 

Another truly unique rendition comes from James Brown. George Harrison actually stated that this was his favorite version. It’s funky and rhythmic, and unlike any other take I’ve gone through. It’s so far out of the realm of how you think of this song that you really have to work hard to open yourself up to it. I’m trying, a bit, and the more I listen the more I can appreciate James’ vision of the song.

 

I don’t really think I’m feeling the studio version by Dame Shirley Bassey. Great singer, powerful voice, full orchestration in the background, but – meh. Now, conversely, I can actually enjoy the live version better. Could be because there seems to be less unnecessary fluff and gimmicks to it, maybe.

 

Frank Sinatra is awesome. He truly shows the versatility of the songwriting involved. It’s modern and it’s old-school classic romance, all at the same time. It’s universal. During the performance you can even see Frank getting lost in the beauty of the song

   


   

 

Cover Battle – “I’ve Just Seen A Face” October 18, 2013

 

 

Well, I had no idea “I’ve Just Seen a Face” was a Beatles song. If this had been the first version I heard, I would think it was cute. A bit country, you know – but fun and sweet. It would not have imprinted itself as memorably as their other compositions, though.

 

The first I knew of this song was from Holly Cole. I love her singing a whole bunch. I just think she’s wonderful. Her style is very torchy and languid. A true chanteuse. Plus her version feels modern and there’s nothing hokey about it at all.

 

John Pizzarelli puts a slightly jazzy, Broadway, cabaret/showcase vibe to it. I quite enjoy the piano interlude that he brings in as well.

 

I like the cover version done by the indie band The View, as well. Frankly I’m liking the covers more than the original. Okay, maybe not necessarily the next version.

 

The Leon Russell version, performed with bluegrass musicians, ups the country factor on this with banjos and what not. I like the gruffness of Leon’s voice but the twanging and fiddling and “Cotton-Eyed Joe“-ness is not to my taste at all.

 

The Wings live performance is fine as well, although I do think Linda McCartney’s volume tends to overpower the other voices (and music) a bit. But I do love to see Paul & Linda together.

 

The interpretation from the movie Across the Universe is worked into the whole plot of the film. It’s a fun take on the exhilaration of love at first sight. On a side note, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, you simply must. It’s Beatles music, stunning visuals and direction by Julie Taymor, great performances and productions. Just awesome, seriously.

   
   

   

 

Filthy Little Buggers November 25, 2011

 

You know how you can listen to a song for years – love it, sing it out loud (privately, when no one else is around because your singing really kinda sucks) and then one day something in this oh-so-familiar piece of music just hits you in a different way and then you realize – “Wait – what was that?”

 

Yeah – that just happened.

 

So I’m listening to “Penny Lane” by The Beatles and the line “a four of fish and finger pies” came up.

 


OMG! – those cheeky bastards”

 

 

I’m shocked, just shocked. Firstly at the sneaky, filthy reference and secondly that I, as a woman with a decidedly one-track mind (that track leading straight to the gutter, of course) never even picked up on it until now.

 

Kimmie, you’re getting slow in your old age…

 

 


 

“Penny Lane” at wiki

A Fish & Finger Pie (This Is Not A Food Post)

Am I Right website

Song Facts

   

 

ABSOLUTE TOTAL FUCKERY October 1, 2011

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When I see shit like this:
   

Why One Direction are better than The Beatles
   
   
I feel like this:
   
   

   

   

 

20 Successful Failures (via Because you love it too!) September 21, 2011

20 Successful Failures “Who you are today does not equate to who you will be tomorrow.” “To experience great success, you must experience great failure” “The greatest successes are born from failure” A much respected friend of mine once told me. Don’t be afraid of failures. People go through multiple failures before achieving success. If you’re too afraid to achieve your first failure, then you’re too afraid to achieve success. “Each failure brings you one step closer … Read More

via Because you love it too!

 

I’ve Just Seen a Face April 15, 2011

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I had no idea this was originally a Beatles song. I first heard the song through the music of Holly Cole.

 

   

   

   

 

Great cover version … January 14, 2011

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This blows me away … November 28, 2010

Check out George Harrison’s son Dhani behind Tom Petty. He’s the spitting image of his dad

 

I HATE CHRISTMAS MUSIC November 23, 2010

 

 

Okay – that’s not really true. I like it, but not at Christmas. It’s like an overdosing of love and peace and joy and “happy, happy, happy” and forced familial frivolity (ooh –alliteration) coupled with Black Friday/Altamonte-level stampedes.

 

 

I can listen to it, at length, in the summertime. Weird, huh? And it’s not the usual stuff that get’s musak-ed to death, either. I prefer the nutty, Dr. Demento-type songs: Grandma got Run Over by a Reindeer – Elmo and Patsy, Christmas Don’t be Late – The Chipmunks, The Twelve Days of Christmas – Bob and Doug McKenzie, Santa Claus and His Old Lady – Cheech and Chong, Walking Round in Women’s Underwear – Bob Rivers, Fuck Christmas – Eric Idle, Christmas in Hollis – Run DMC

 

Or just other non-traditional songs cover versions: Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney, Don’t Shoot Me Santa – The Killers, Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms, Do They Know it’s Christmas?* – BandAid
(although it feels wrong to just cheerily sing along), Little Saint Nick – The Beach Boys, Please Come Home for Christmas – The Eagles, Celebrate Me Home – Kenny Loggins, Santa Clause is Comin’ to Town
by Bruce Springsteen, So This is Christmas (War is Over) – John Lennon, Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley, Feliz Navidad – Jose Feliciano.

 

My favorite, though, would have to be Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses. I found it on Youtube. That led me to cover versions that I never knew existed: one by The Donnas (not bad) and one by The Spice Girls (um … no!)

 

Listen and let me know what you think in the comments.

 

 

 

 

 

   
   

*Do They Know it’s Christmas- BandAid. I have no musical cred whatsoever, but I think this is much better song than “We Are the World”. It’s just not something that lends itself to being played at any time of the year.

 

Happy Birthday John Lennon October 8, 2010

John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE

(October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980)


 










 







 

John Lennon at wikipedia

The Beatles at wikipedia

All music leads to The Beatles blog
East Coast Overdose blog post on Lennon, from 2008

 

 
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