Sunday is not only Super Bowl Sunday. It is an occasion of no less significance. February 6 is Bob Marley’s birthday.
The song I’ve selected as Cover Song Of The Month goes way back, and crosses musical styles and international borders with the cover version.
I have to admit that part of the reason I picked this song, besides thinking that the cover version is great, was to rag on Denver for dying in a plane crash because he was flying drunk. It turns out that while he did crash a plane, he was not drunk and that was not the cause of the crash.
Since all my drunk flying cracks have been wiped out by facts, I’ll just go on and show the original John Denver version of Take Me Home Country Roads. Read the rest of this entry »
At the end of the movie, Brian finds himself in a fairly dire situation. A similarly circumstanced gentleman tries to lift Brian’s spirits by singing this song extolling the benefits of a positive attitude: Read the rest of this entry »
The Blurt Cover Song Of The Month this month features the Gladys Knight and The Pips classic, Midnight Train To Georgia and a cover version of the song by the Indigo Girls.
I am aware that everyone on the planet has heard Gladys and the Pips do the song, with the possible exception of some Somalian pirates. If those pirates had heard the song, they surely would have become involved in a more socially acceptable line of work.
Given that everyone on the planet knows the song, it seems a little silly to bother providing a video of Gladys Knight and The Pips performing the song. I’m going to do it anyhow because, as we know, I am not above doing silly things. Read the rest of this entry »
Mack The Knife is a well-known tune from a play called Three Penny Opera, or in its native German, Die Driegroschenoper. The Three Penny Opera was written by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht.
I am telling you that off the top of my head, from my own personal knowledge of German plays from the 1920′s. I have a special affinity for German plays of the 1920′s featuring the work of Weill and Brecht. So there should be no doubt in your mind as we discuss the background of this song, or of 1920′s German musical theater in general, that everything I say is my own opinion based on extensive personal knowledge.
In the discussions I had with Weill and Brecht prior to their passing, I asked them about the various versions of their song. They were never sure whose recording was the original. One time, Frank Sinatra happened by and opined that the version recorded by Bobby Darin was the standard against which others should be measured. Kurt and Bertolt agreed. Read the rest of this entry »
Musicians can move an individual soul or bring a throng of thousands to their feet. They do what they do with apparent ease, though we all know it is the result of endless practice. I have a lot of admiration for musicians. I think by admiration I mean jealousy.
A complete lack of talent and motivation have conspired to keep me from performing many concerts. To date, there is not a music video that features me. I’ve put some thought into this and have found ways to correct this, despite my lack of musical ability.
First, I have noticed that there are some songs where the singing stops and someone talks. This falls solidly within my skill set. I can certainly talk. I can even put some feeling behind it. As a reference to what I’m talking about, let me refer you to the old Boys II Men song, End of the Road. Take note of the guy with the cane. Read the rest of this entry »
From deep in the iPod comes the cover song of the month. This month brings a stunning combination, the Talking Heads classic Burning Down The House as rendered by Tom Jones.
Yes, that Tom Jones. Read the rest of this entry »
The Cover Song Of The Month this month is “Take On Me”. The original version was by the Norwegian band a-ha and our cover this month is by an American ska band, Reel Big Fish.
When I started to write this, I was going to refer to a-ha as a one hit wonder and a flash in the pan. Apparently that is not true. a-ha is still together, though they will call it a career after this year’s farewell tour. They are the largest selling Norwegian group, ever. EVER!
Anyhow, I’m sure most of you remember “Take On Me”. It had a really distinctive video to promote it. Remember? It’s sort of a animation/video mix. Girl goes into a comic book, there is a guy, a motor cycle race, some dancing, a pipe wrench fight…yadda. Watch it, you’ll remember – Read the rest of this entry »