|May 22, 2021
Lost in the covers
Since my last newsletter, I wrote about trails of a reading kind. Then I wrote about musicians who copy others to make something original.
But mostly, I spent my time getting lost in the covers at SecondHandSongs. See if you can follow along.
I’m a fan of Glen Campbell’s 1967 country hit, “Gentle on My Mind.” Did you know Aretha Franklin did a cover of it in 1969? Here she is singing it with Andy Williams. My interest was piqued when I saw that Lou Rawls did a version but it doesn’t measure up to his classic, “You’ll Never Find.” Madeleine Peyroux’s dreamy version makes me want to drink a cup of soup from a gurglin’ cracklin’ cauldron in some French cafe.
My favorite cover of all time is k.d. lang’s version of “The Air That I Breathe.” The Hollies had a hit with it back in 1974. She has a pretty good take on Roy Orbison’s “Crying.” And yes, lang's version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah is the absolute best.
The Proclaimer’s “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” is special to me because I want to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Don’t miss this version set to dance clips from the movies. (It had me at Laurel and Hardy.) I’m positively smitten with this version by the Gordano Gorgeous Chorus & Gurt Lush Choir, one of the largest open-access choirs in Britain. There’s something mystical about 500 old ladies in short sleeves having such fun singing together.
If all you really want to do is get under the covers and take a nap, listen to this version by Sleeping at Last. And if you really like that song, check out their latest Album, Atlas: Enneagram.
Top image: Morris Kantor, Woman Reading in Bed, 1930, oil on linen, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Morris Kantor, 1976.146.10.
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