I’ll Cover You #heartofthematter

Do you know that feeling you get when you have a favorite song and then you find out that a friend loves that same song just as much? It’s like all of a sudden, you realize that your friend has AMAZING taste in music and it completely validates your friendship, solidifying that you know how to choose your inner circle pretty well.

Okay, okay, maybe I took it too far and that’s just how it feels for me, but that’s the best way to describe how it feels when an artist covers one of my favorite songs. It’s like silent validation. It’s like, “YES! You love this song just as much as I do! So much so that you’re willing to share that love with the world and sing your own version of it!  Go forth and bring this music to your fanbase!”

Recently in this blog, I highlighted a few great (in my humble opinion) covers of some amazing songs:

I realized that I should feature more covers because not only do they highlight songs that I already love, but they also breathe new life into them when another great artist makes it their own.  It also might convince someone to give a song that they may normally skim over a chance.  Clearly, it’s a win/win.

So, for the first “I’ll Cover You…” I chose “The Heart of the Matter.”  I fell in extreme “like” with this song when it was first released in 1989 by Don Henley then fell head over heels in obsessive love with it when India.Arie covered it years later in 2006.  Ironically, both artists recorded this song for their respective third studio albums.

Take a listen and let me know which version you prefer:

Here’s the original from Don Henley:

And, here’s India.Arie’s version…

Which version comes out on top?  Well, it’s a close one, but the ultimate winner for me is definitely India.Arie. She brings a certain soulfulness that just brought Henley’s words to life and made you feel her pain, heartbreak and yearning. Either way, it’s a beautiful song that covers the one topic that I think everyone is still struggling to figure out… forgiveness.

Lyrics to Go:
“I’m learning to live without you now, but I miss you sometimes. The more I know, the less I understand. All the things I thought I knew, I’m learning again. I’ve been trying to get down to the heart of the matter, but my will gets weak and my thoughts seem to scatter. But I think it’s about forgiveness. Even if, even if you don’t love me anymore…”

You’re just a kid… #goodwillhunting

You don’t know about real loss, ’cause it only occurs when you’ve loved something more than you love yourself. And I doubt you’ve ever dared to love anybody that much. And look at you, I don’t see an intelligent, confident man.  I see a cocky, scared sh*tless kid. But you’re a genius Will.

Robin Williams was such a brilliant actor.  I hope he found the peace he couldn’t find in life.  Thank you for the memories.

Flashback Friday #smoothoperator

Want to feel super old with me for a second?!?!

So, I recently read that Sade’s debut album “Diamond Life” turned 30 years old about two weeks ago. This observation made me realize three very important things. (1) “Smooth Operator” is also 30 years old, (2) I’m pretty old and (3) Sade looks amazing and has never aged!

“Smooth Operator” was the fourth and final single from Sade’s debut album in 1984. It was also her first top ten single in the United States which peaked at #5. It was absolutely one of my favorite songs and music videos growing up – that and “The Sweetest Taboo.” I remember being obsessed with Sade’s perfect hair and red lips, thinking that I sounded JUST like her. Delusional child, I was.

Anyway, enjoy this Flashback Friday with me :-)

Lyrics to Go:
“No place for beginners or sensitive hearts when sentiment is left to chance. No place to be ending, but somewhere to start. No need to ask. He’s a smooth operator. Smooth operator… Coast to coast, LA to Chicago, western male. Across the north and south, to Key Largo, love for sale…”

Dancing On My Own – #KOL #Robyn

I’ve been the biggest fan of the Swedish recording artist, Robyn, for the longest time.  In fact, if you happen to check my iPod on any random occasion, I’m most likely listening to a playlist that includes all of the songs from either of her hit albums “Body Talk” or “Robyn.”

Anyway, I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one slightly obsessed with her brilliance. This past Sunday, Kings of Leon closed out Lollapalooza with an amazing cover of one of my favorite Robyn songs, “Dancing On My Own.”

Be sure to check out the original renditions as well – both the acoustic and dance/pop versions!  I have to say that I absolutely love that they did not change her lyrics.

Lyrics to Go:
“I’m in the corner, watching you kiss her, oh. I’m giving it my all, but I’m not the girl you’re taking home, ooh. I keep dancing on my own…”

New Tunes Tuesday #BANGBANG

As a late entry for the “Summer Song of 2014,” Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande just released the single “Bang Bang.”  Adam Lambert said it best when he tweeted, “this Bang Bang track goes HARD. SING LADIES.”

It was released on July 29th and will be the lead single from Jessie J’s upcoming third studio album as well as featured on Ariana Grande’s second studio album set to be released later this month.

So, if you’re looking for a new song to add to your workout playlist or just to listen to while you’re soaking up the rays this August, be sure to check out “Bang Bang.”

Also, if you haven’t been fully introduced to the “power” that is known as Jessie J’s voice, please check out her acoustic version below that she recently performed at Z100’s studios.

Lyrics to Go:
“Bang bang into the room. I know you want it. Bang bang all over you. I’ll let you have it. Wait a minute, let me take you there. Wait a minute. Bang bang there goes your heart. I know you want it. Back, back seat of my car. I’ll let you have it…”

Manic Monday

So, since today is the first Monday of August, I thought this quote was pretty appropriate.

I honestly cannot believe that the summer is almost half over. Every year, I make a mental list of all the things I want to do over the summer, the things I’d like to see, experience… The good news? I still have all of August to achieve these things. The bad news? If August goes by as fast as July did, it’s not looking too good.

Either way, Happy Monday… and enjoy the rest of this month!