Friday, November 6, 2009

i prefer blankets to covers

i love snuggling under a blanket--any season--curling up, cozy. my kids do the same thing. we are blanket people. anytime i get under a blanket the girl's cat comes and curls up on my lap.

however, i do not like covers. as in cover songs. i thought about this this morning while i was walking and this song from rod came on (when i was your man, from the out of order album). first i basked in the song, because....that voice, the poignancy of the lyrics...ok it's rod, i got lost in the moment. really, listen to it. i'll wait.

then i thought about this new album of his that's out and how he's popping up everywhere promoting it. i follow his pr machine on facebook (shut up) and though i haven't actually caught any of his appearances i know of them. you'd think, being such the fan, i would be excited. but, it's a cover album. just like his last one. and i HATE cover songs. really. even if it is him doing them. i do not get thrilled to see him on the shows singing those songs.

i am a creature of habit. whoever sang the song the first time i heard it, ever, that's who i associate the song with, so, if anyone sings it after that i don't like it. i like sheryl crow but she covered a rod song and i can't listen to it. i like phil collins a lot but he covered cyndi lauper's true colors and i don't like it. i'm sure there are some rod songs that are covers but if i heard him sing it first, that's it for me. i'm not quite sure what he's trying to accomplish with these cover albums. i know many of the artists he's covering are his idols, but still. maybe he needs the dough to keep up w/ all the alimony.

i also realized this morning that i do not have a good playlist for walking, if you don't believe me read this previous post on aural exposure (cos you know i love aural and oral) to see what's filling my ears.

if you have any recommendations for good walking tunes, let me know. i'll be listening.

9 comments:

Hotch Potchery said...

I actually really like covers...especially when punk/alternative bands remake '60s classics.

Everclear's version of Brown Eyed Girl immediately comes to mind.

I also like snuggling under blankets.

Hotch Potchery said...

I actually really like covers...especially when punk/alternative bands remake '60s classics.

Everclear's version of Brown Eyed Girl immediately comes to mind.

I also like snuggling under blankets.

justsomethoughts... said...

otis redding does a fine job on "dock of the bay"
but michael bolton does an even better one.

"drift away" by dobie gray is good.
but uncle kracker might have bested him at his own game.

thn there are the ones that dont work.
like metallica trying to do bob seeger's "turn the page".

FAIL.

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

I listen to a lot of acoustic while I walk, mostly from the KFOG Live Cd's.

I like Sheryl Crow et al's version of The Weight... even if they did not do it first.

drollgirl said...

covers USUALLY don't work out so well, do they? i can't think of many offhand that were really an improvement on the original. sometimes it seems downright sacreligous (sp?) to cover some artist's work.

only a movie said...

I walked a lot to the last Green Day cd this summer. I have a fast Van mix that I will walk to as well, but mostly I walk to books or lectures and get lost in the story. :-)
And I generally don't like covers, but there are few that are fun.

Sherendipity said...

You've inspired my next Sunday's HaveUHeardIt?
I'll even dedicate it to joo.

Gal Friday said...

I like *some* covers, if they take a different approach(I have a really cool CD of singers/bands doing covers of all the songs from The Beatles "Rubber Soul" album and it's really fun), but I definitely do not like those old songs covered by Rod Stewart--seems too much like "schtick" to me.

Gal Friday said...

But I just remembered one cover I can't stand--Green Day doing Lennon's "Working Class Hero". Ack! Terrible...