under the covers

When someone covers a song I truly love, I have a hard time letting myself like it. Sometimes when I like a cover a lot I feel a little guilty, like I’m betraying the original artist. I often wonder what it must feel like to have your song covered. I imagine writing songs is super personal, and for someone who doesn’t have your experiences to come along and sing something that could mean a lot to you could feel really creepy. I’m not a songwriter, so I don’t know, but I know when people have copied my work/style I’ve felt violated, even when it’s been done in honor. All that said, I really like the following covers, and I wanted to share them with you…

I saw a different version of this cover on television, and immediately recorded it because I didn’t understand what was going on. I like the original of this song by Capital Cities (also played in a car commercial), but this take is a little sweeter.

It was neat to realize that KHS was behind this because I have enjoyed his cover work before. I learned about Kurt a few years ago when I had an obsession with Sam Tsui. I posted a few videos of Sam’s before. Here’s another…


If you liked Pitch Perfect, you may want to check this out, too.

I did not expect to like this at all. Kate Bush is one of my music heroes, she’s so incredible. It is rare to find a female vocalist cover her well. They usually try too hard to sound like her, and just don’t have the range. This version of Running Up That Hill is quite lovely.

Cloudbusting is my fave Kate Bush song, please take in the original before listening to the cover…

Gemma Hayes covering Cloudbusting…

I KNOW I’ve posted this cover before, but since I went to the A/V Club well, I couldn’t leave without drinking this goodie up again. I only like two songs by The Lemonheads songs, and this is one of them (here’s the other one). I played the original of Confetti on repeat for days when I first got the CD. Like said in the video, this version is a little sadder than the original.

I hope you’ve enjoyed some of these (if not all), and maybe even learned of someone new to you. It has been awhile since I’ve done a Music Monday post, so I thought it would be fun to share a collections of songs with you.

XO
-renée



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