Today’s covers have been hiding in my bookmarks folder for quite some time. They pull from some classic songs, or some songs that represent the hearts of a generation. Yes, you guessed it — these are anthemic, poetic, and just damn moving songs, and these are artists who’ve done an interesting cover. I thought it’d be fun to do a variation on anthemic “love songs”: the unrequited/pre-relationship stage, the wait in between, and the post/breakup.
The Unrequited/Will-It-Won’t-It Stage
I’m a fan of songs in minor keys (I just love the images they invoke!), I’ve included a few covers with different perspectives (i.e. one’s a lot more melancholy than the other). The first is the oh-so-amazing (and perhaps the most popular ginger, next to Ron Weasley) Ed Sheeran covering a classic 90’s song, Wonderwall by Oasis. It’s not exactly like the original, but it conveys the same longing. I like the re-structuring in the chorus, like the reframing of the crescendoes.
The second is by one of my favourite, little-known secret, The Icarus Account. They’ve recently covered a crazy popular song. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Iris by Goo Goo Dolls was a massive hit in the 90s, and still is one today.
The Wait In Between
This a classic love song by Incubus called I Miss You. This one’s covered by one of my favourite international artists, Yuna. You can learn more about her and how she covered this song here. This video is just a recording of her cover. I think she brings such a sweetness to the song, whereas Brandon Boyd’s version had a touch more anguish. I’ll always love Brandon’s voice and range, but I love the hope that shines through in Yuna’s version.
I stumbled upon Lisa Brammer a million years ago, and while she isn’t a regular feature on YouTube (you know, unlike Kina Grannis and the like), I love her rendition. She spins it with a different tone in a key that best suits her version of melancholia. It isn’t the best video, and the guitar work could be better, but she conveys the emotion real well. If you remember The Used‘s All That I’ve Got, you’ll know that that was somewhat iconic.
So, that’s that. This is obviously proof that I am alive, and I still listen to music (quite regularly actually). I’m just such a lazy blogger. If you’ve got any covers or artists you think would be worth a lesson, drop me a line or a comment. I always love obsessing over new artists, especially if they’ve got a knack for acoustic work.