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Did You Hear? A Day in the Life

Oh, I like this! I didn’t think I would, but it takes two over-the-top performers to pull off a reinterpretation of a melodramatic song like this. As much as I love the original, this version feels pretty fresh.

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Did You Hear? Enormous

This track is hard, merciless, and excellent, so I guess I shouldn’t have be surprised that the video is just as intense. I want this kind of music to be playing whenever I walk in slow motion. In case the above link goes down, here’s a Soundcloud link (a higher quality stream anyway!)

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Did You Hear? I Would Die 4 U

This is a great take on a Prince song, smoothing the staccato funk of the original into a more contemplative vibe. I especially like the barely in tune (and sometimes reversed) rubber band guitar effect that weaves its way through the song, imparting a little bluegrass twinge–it really grounds the sound for me somehow.

Here’s the original. Prince ruled. Also, how unnecessary and over the top is EVERYTHING about his performance?

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Did You Hear? Tennessee Stud

It’s just so simple, and I love it so much.  Johnny Cash doing the thing he does the best. Sometimes all you need is a simple story about man-horse love to lift your spirits.

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Did You Hear? Untitled

Chance the Rapper debuted a new track on The Late Show that he wrote a few days prior, and I loved it. I love the leap he took to perform something with all the raw edges still on it. I find that art when it’s new, before all the edits and revisions, is sometimes the most powerful, and certainly the most risky.

Also, I’m pretty sure the light set they used was also pretty new, because they made Stephen Colbert wear shoe protectors when he walked out at the end… :)

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Did You Hear? Bring It On Home to Me

I don’t always love Van Morrison, but when his stuff works, it REALLY works well. You always get a clear sense that he cares deeply about his art, and I will listen to “Into the Mystic” or “Moondance” any day of the week. This track off a live album is a great performance by the whole band, faithfully lurching their way through the blues. I also happened upon an alternate version that Mr. Morrison did with Tom Jones and Jeff Beck. It’s pretty killer.

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