I get such a rush from discovering new music, bands, artists – and even when it’s been around, if it’s new to me - it’s like nirvana. Music connects me to what’s current or what might be underground ready to burst into the mainstream, and by chance if it doesn’t go ‘pop,’ it’s like a little kept secret to those of us who relish it whether it’s playing on FM or not.
As I use music in this blog to chronicle how love’s lies have hurt, awakened and given me the strength to move on after a decade plus with someone, I’ll share the new tunes that are keeping my pulse up and out of the dumps. So, enough with the melancholy and on to the melodic, yeah? Let’s have at it:
“Human beings are funny. They long to be with the person they love but refuse to admit openly. Some are afraid to show even the slightest sign of affection because of fear. Fear that their feelings may not be recognized, or even worst, returned. But one thing about human beings puzzles me the most is their conscious effort to be connected with the object of their affection even if it kills them slowly within.”—Sigmund Freud (via incapacityinc)
When done right, song covers are like a second life, bringing back something incredible. As I use music in this blog to reflect on love’s lies and contemplate second chances, it seemed perfectly fitting to take a closer look at covers.
What Jeff Buckley did with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallellujah,” was just genius. Johnny Cash’s American IV: The Man Comes Around is undeniably brilliant. Yet, there are others I’m just not into, like Mary J Blige’s “One” U2 (maybe because I’m the only person I know that doesn’t really like “One,” sorry.)
But, don’t get me wrong; it’s a gutsy thing to do. Fascinating - to bring back a song that was cool a decade or so ago. Where else can this be done? Fashion reinterprets trends often (i.e. 90’s fashion is back- working on a music post about that, sans the denim overalls though :) And filmmakers remake classics - much to the chagrin of critics. Ah but song covers, great ones, are like having dessert twice. So, let’s skip to the whipped cream, here are some of my favorites in alpha order. Yours?