Hope everyone who has been trapped by the blizzard is enjoying it! I’m stuck in snowy NJ, but I plan on making a break for it in an hour or so to go see “The Black Swan” with a couple of friends. Today’s post features a bunch of cover songs. As someone who used to preform musically (I played the guitar and sang) but was incapable of writing her own music, I have a great appreciation for the art of a good cover song. If you’re going to re-record something that’s already been done before, you’d better offer up something new while doing it. As always, I look forward to some new discoveries in the comment section!

1.) Rave On by M. Ward (original by Buddy Holly)

For one reason or another, I just can’t seem to get into the band “She & Him.” It’s especially weird since I really love M. Ward, and I enjoy Zooey Deschanel’s voice. Luckily, he has plenty of solo projects for me to appreciate, many of which (like this song) feature Zooey’s voice. I love how he slows this song down and makes it sound a little more full of longing than the original encapsulated.

2.) I’m On Fire by Sara Bareilles (originally by Bruce Springsteen)

Being the Jersey girl that I am, it is not easy to impress me with a Bruce cover song. She seems to fight against the temptation to over-sing this song, and lets the repetitive piano chords and powerful lyrics speak for themselves.

3.) A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall by Jason Mraz (originally by Bob Dylan)

Covering Bob Dylan is no easy task. Jason Mraz’s easy-to-listen-to voice really lets the listener focus on these vivid lyrics. Finding this version really helped me re-discover this Dylan classic.

 

 

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Happy Labor Day, y’all! In trying to explain the concept of Labor Day to an Italian friend of mine, our conversation went something like this:

Me: “Basically we celebrate how hard we work – labor – by taking the day off of work.”
Friend: “But don’t you take the day off for all of your holidays?”
… awkward silence …

I then mumbled something about not being able to wear white pants anymore. I think the best way to explain this strange holiday is that it marks the unofficial end of summer. To celebrate, I’m sharing three of my favorite summer songs. Just as I’ll continue to wear flip flops until my feet freeze, these songs will get off-season play, but they just seem to sound better when the weather is warm. Enjoy!

1.) Girls in Their Summer Clothes by Bruce Springsteen

The Jersey girl in me knows better than to leave Bruce off of this list.

2.) Rock and Roll by Eric Hutchinson

Horns!!!1

3.) Doin’ Time (Remix featuring Pharcyde) by Sublime

All of Sublime sounds like summer – this was just the most obvious choice.