8 thoughts on “Covers of Songs You Like

  1. I suspect contemporary musicians appeared on Live at Daryl’s House as a way to introduce themselves to older listeners (or at least that’s one of the reasons), and I think it’s a good strategy. I know I’ve enjoyed artists that I would probably never have heard had I not seen them on the show. Butch Walker is one of many like that. I think he does a good job on this cover of “Say It Isn’t So.”

    The next clip is of Aloe Blaac doing a cover of “Maneater” with Hall. I may not have found it entirely successful, but I appreciate the rather different take they had on it.

    Here’s another cover that may not have totally resonated with me, but I really liked the creative additions. I also enjoyed the improvised outro.

    Maybe not really a really different version from the original, but I really like this:

  2. Aloe Blacc’s pretty cool. This episode aired in 2015, 5 years after his “I Need a Dollar” kind of broke out as the theme song to HBO’s How to Make it In America. I am not physically in a place where I can listen to this now but I will.

  3. For some reason (which I can’t remember now), I listened to a song from the Brothers Cazimero’s album 20 Years–Hoku Award Winning Songs–“Ka Beauty a’o Manoa.” It sounded great, but I didn’t know who did the original. The song sounded like it was decades before the album came out, but the album features all the Hoku song winners for the previous 20 years. (The album came out in 1997.) Anyway, I learned that Tony Conjugacion wrote the song in ’86. It’s a good song, but I prefer it with the Cazimero’s little modifications.

    Hearing that song got me to listen to much of the album. I also like their cover of “Manao Pili:”

    This was another song that sounded familiar and old, but it was the 1991 song of the year, written and performed by Diana Aki. This is a really nice song, too. (I believe Aki wrote it many years before she recorded it, but I’m not sure when.)

    I like many other covers on this album, but these are two that stood out for me yesterday.

  4. Every time the Kurt Elling, the jazz vocalist, comes out with a new album, I look for covers of pop/rock and Pat Metheny songs. A few years ago listened to his cover of U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name,” one of my favorite songs by them. I didn’t really care for it, mainly for it’s low energy. But I just listened to it again, and I liked it a lot more, although I must say that I read the lyrics while listening and that really enhanced my enjoyment of it. Additionally, while the song played, the original version–as well as images from the video, which I really liked, played in the background of my mind. This enhanced my enjoyment of the song as well.

    With Elling’s quieter version made the song feel more like poetry, which is a good thing, as I like the lyrics. I also liked the way his version crescendos, starting in a more subdued way building to release of energy, which doesn’t really happen in the original in my opinion.

    With regard to the lyrics, I don’t think I ever knew the chorus was “we’re still building and then burning down love.” I found this line the most poignant, in tragic way–specifically the idea of building and burning or tearing down love.

    Here are the original lyrics:

    I want to run
    I want to hide
    I want to tear down the walls
    That hold me inside
    I want to reach out
    And touch the flame
    Where the streets have no name

    I want to feel sunlight on my face
    I see the dust cloud disappear
    Without a trace
    I want to take shelter from the poison rain
    Where the streets have no name

    Where the streets have no name
    Where the streets have no name
    We’re still building
    Then burning down love
    Burning down love
    And when I go there
    I go there with you
    It’s all I can do

    The city’s aflood
    And our love turns to rust
    We’re beaten and blown by the wind
    Trampled in dust
    I’ll show you a place
    High on a desert plain
    Where the streets have no name

    Where the streets have no name
    Where the streets have no name
    We’re still building
    Then burning down love
    Burning down love
    And when I go there
    I go there with you
    It’s all I can do
    Our love turns to rust
    We’re beaten and blown by the wind
    Blown by the wind
    Oh, and I see love
    See our love turn to rust
    We’re beaten and blown by the wind
    Blown by the wind
    Oh, when I go there
    I go there with you
    It’s all I can do

    And here’s the original video:

  5. This is not a cover I like, but since this thread is about covers, I’m going to put it here. I can’t tell if this was done in earnest or it was intentionally funny or bad.

  6. Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays are two of my favorite composers. I really like the song below–but I don’t know many covers of it, and it’s not a song Metheny has continued to play live. This is a nice version. I wouldn’t mind learning how to play this, but it looks pretty hard.

    Here’s the original. (I like the vocals and the twist at the end.)

  7. While I don’t care for Bob Dylan, I do respond more favorably to Leonard Cohen. Here’s a cover of a song I really like. (I’m not really familiar with teh original for what it’s worth.)

    The lyrics are very serious and weighty, and this type of song can really go bad, by being overly earnest and even cheesy, if the songwriter is not careful. That’s not the case here, at least not to me. I don’t completely understand the lyrics, but the overall heaviness and drama worked very well for me. The pairing with bossa nova groove also worked well, I thought.

    On a side note, when I first hear Souza I wasn’t taken by her sound. It’s different from the typical bossa nova/samba Brazilian vocalists, and not in a good way–not to me at first. But her voice–or more specifically her singing has grown on me. One thing I like, and this is the same reason I like Cohen, I think: She articulate the words so you can easily understand them. If the lyrics are good and important to the song, I think this is really underrated quality in singers.

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