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Today’s Soundtrack | April 4, 2008

I’m going to broach the subject of original version of a song versus the cover.

First case is the song “Romeo and Juliet”, a truly great, feel good song.

Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits fame and the fact that the video was about as low production as you can get.  Quirky video, excellent, Fantastic, BRILLIANT song! (Yes, I feel a little strong about the piece.

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And then there’s The Killers version, which was just as subtle and low-key, but no doubt they brought their own style to it.  Brandon Flowers seems to have this underlying, deep-seated intensity to his persona and voice that I caught onto in the video “Read My Mind”.

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Apparently, from what I’ve been told by a co-worker, the Indigo Girls did a cover of the song as well.  I got to see them perform live about a year ago, and I don’t remember hearing them perform that piece.  But hey, I use Teflon pans, so my memory is faulty.

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Not so wild about her version.  Still a great song though!

Next case is “Across The Universe”  Okay, so this song has been touched more times than Jenna Jameson in a porno, so I’m going to bring up The Beatles version (of course)

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I will just put two notes in the middle here…first, nobody can beat The Beatles!  Second, thanks to anourag for putting this on YouTube.

Then there’s Rufus Wainwright (another brilliant musician) who does a heartbreaking job of this song.  He has a talent of getting you way down deep, and we need more of him in this crazy world of ours.  Yes, that is Dakota Fanning in the video.  The song is on the “I Am Sam” soundtrack, and they complement each other perfectly.  If you’re in a particularly fragile state when watching the film, mark my words, you will cry like a bitch.

I was about to put the video up, but universalmusicgroup has blocked the embedding code, so no go.  But you can check it out on YouTube.

Then there’s the  movie “Across The Universe” which I thought was very good, both the movie and the songs.

In a completely different avenue of thought, here is a song that is originally done by Groove Armada that I don’t think has been done by anyone else yet.  It’s called “Hands of Time” and it’s a perfect piece to listen to when watching the rain come down from inside, or if you’re in a particular funk that particular day, or if it’s a wet weekend, or if you’re feeling nostalgic, or if…okay I’ll stop.  You get the picture.

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Many thanks to oddema for posting this visual art on YouTube.

What songs are on your life soundtrack?  Why?  What message do they convey?

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