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:
- John Mayer covering Beyoncé’s “XO“
- Sara Bareilles covering SiA’s “Chandelier”
- Kings of Leon covering Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own“
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…”