Covering another person’s song is always an interesting endeavor. The balance between being somewhat recognizable and putting your own stamp on a classic is always a challenge. Making it a better song than the original is also very rewarding. To that end, finding a cover that might just be better is the point of this series of articles. I will post 2 songs, the original, and then the cover. Once you listen them both, pick your favorite in the poll, and voila, we have a winner. First up is Feeling Good, original Nina Simone, the cover by Muse. Lets see what Muse can do with a legitimate classic.
Nina Simone was an American singer, who basically could sing the phone book in all genres, a legend. This song is one of her signature tunes, a hard one to follow.
And now The Muse. An English group, they have a pretty strong body of work as well. So we have the legend versus the challenger, Muse. Your call from here.
This Friday’s tribute is to Andre Gagnon, a Canadian composer, conductor, arranger, and actor. Born August 2, 1936, he passed on December 3, 2020. Between 1964 and 2011, he released 41 albums and multiple singles. In 1978 and 1995, he was awarded Juno awards (Canada’s Grammy) as Instrumental Artist Of The Year. Not only prolific, he was also very good. He was especially good at fusing pop and classical music with often great results.
The cut I have chosen is titled “Wow” and is taken from his album “Neiges”, released in 1975.
Jazz and Blues saxophone player, Herman Green passed away at the age of 90 in Memphis on November 26, 2020. As I read up on him, I found his life to be amazing. I have attached his obituary below. It looks like he played with anybody that was anybody. A true musician’s musician. The YouTube link takes you to a track list, and I have also attached a video. It is over 10 minutes, and is quite interesting. Enjoy the work of this great player.
I always enjoy promoting Canadian talent, especially if they are from Calgary. Kate came to my attention in January of 2019 and I am just getting around to introducing you to her now. A bit of a brain break.
Kate Stevens is singer songwriter in the story teller vein. She has a very nice voice, reminiscent of many artists, notably a laid back version of Andra Day and quite jazzy. Definitely worth a listen.
If you enjoy the video, her music and her story in an expanded way are viewable here.