The Beatles Can Take It…Comments Off on The Beatles Can Take It…
March 8, 2014 by Admin
Interpretation, that is. Like Bach or Bob Dylan, The Beatles’ music can stand up to a wide range of other people’s ideas of how their music can be presented. The 50th anniversary of their coming to America brought this home again via a wonderful TV tribute to them in which their tunes were interpreted by a number of fine contemporary performers.
I’ve been writing a six-days a week feature on YouTube, Cool Music and Video, since 2010. In April of that year, I presented a special Beatles cover week, so it now seems appropriate to share it with you. Please have a look at these videos, as they present and enhance John, Paul, George and Ringo’s music in new and sometimes truly exciting ways.
4/19/10 – Ok, all you youngsters out there – it’s special Beatles cover week on Cool Music and Video. First, heed this warning – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vicAOQ6QDGs, and then, watch this cover of Across the Universe – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqRxi6G7Dro and realize the destructive potential of their music. Horrible isn’t it?
4/20/10 – The great Jeff Beck’s take on A Day in the Life – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPBqk-0gWfQ for your Tuesday – and yes, there is a brief glimpse of Jimmy Page in the audience.
4/21/10 – Let’s start midweek with While My Guitar Gently Weeps, performed by the amazing Jake Shimabukuro – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puSkP3uym5k. Then, for a quick blast of contrast, try Bonerama – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cnzqvU43DY and their take on Yer Blues. Fun with Beatles covers.
4/22/10 – One of my favorite Beatles covers from the 60s, Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66 and Fool on the Hill – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEHckjjbE8I. Then, an unlikely cover, James Brown’s take on Something – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u0OwmlNfF4. Cool Music and Video fears no music – well, almost none…
4/23/10 – I’m not usually a fan of Alanis Morisette, but I do like her version of Dear Prudence – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeGgT5XEnxs. I also like Crosby, Stills and Nash’s Blackbird – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSxkhZsHdkY&feature=related, but you might prefer other interpretations by Sarah McLachlan or Carly Simon they’re both there too.
4/24/10 – And once more, for all you youngsters, The Beatles – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7NoOhmVMac. Let’s close the week with the boys cover version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Doesn’t John make a lovely Thisbe?
Happy weekend from Cool Music and Video, and from SoundWordSight.
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