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17 January 2011

The power of a song, pt. 2

This one, sung by James Blake, but written by Feist.

People praise him for his combination of dubstep with evocative emotional chords rather than mere sound effects. But the underlying material don’t hurt. The thing is Feist too, understands the power of a song. Ergo this cover of Little Wing’s “Look at What the Light Did Now” which I’ve been meaning to share for awhile, from her documentary of the same name, in which she sings the song with it’s author present. (The film’s theme are the collaborative relationships which made her stardom even possible.)

The smartest artists realize that the line between what they make and what they create with others is so thin as to be non-existant — and that embracing that reality, and the collaborators themselves, is what will make them truly shine.

Like the light. No limit to love. Blah blah blah you say? Well, “Fuck You.” Twice. The best music is part of a continuum not a beginning or an end.

See what I’m talking about after the jump.
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20 August 2010

Some Weekend “Relief” by R. Kelly, Sam Amidon & Cee Lo Green

Question: What do you do when you love a cover so much that you search out the original — BUT YOU CANNOT FIND IT? That, my friends, is why YouTube was invented.

See above for the original of the song “Relief” by R. Kelly — YouTube being the only place it is easily found on the world wide web. (We searched Amazon, eMusic & iTunes to no avail.) Below is the quite excellent cover by Brassfriend Sam Amidon:

On the internets, at least, Sam Amidon‘s version seems to have gained commercial dominion. What an odd world we live in where the seemingly (but not really) ironic cover becomes more popular than the sincere (but not really, it couldn’t be, could it?) original?

And lest this post sound like last week’s news, here is the latest, internets-only hit burning up the webs & wires:

PS – Next week I’m taking a short holiday in Montreal. That means I’ll either (A) be blogging a lot, or (B) completely not.

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