May 102012

They Say It’s Your Birthday celebrates an artist’s special day with other people singing his or her songs. Let others do the work for a while. Happy birthday!

Paul David Hewson was born in Dublin on this day in 1960. It was in his teens, however, that he was given the moniker that would become an immediately recognizable name the world over, the name by which he would be known as for both his musical fame and his international influence – Bono. (The shades would come later.) Bono is many things, but it is important not to forget that, along with being a philanthropist and entrepreneur, he is (as U2 frontman) a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and 22-time Grammy winner. Continue reading »

Jun 272011

Near the end of Bob Marley‘s life when cancer had begun to take it’s course he wrote “Redemption Song.”  In a song that gives a glimpse into his dealing with mortality, he delivered one of the more widely covered acoustic spiritual ballads today. Some of the versions that ring true to the soul of the song include a haunting rendition by Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer and a live tribute by Lauryn Hill with Ziggy Marley. Continue reading »

Aug 162010

Song of the Day posts one cool cover every morning. Catch up on past installments here.

Every night at 12:35am Jimmy Fallon introduces the Roots as the “best band in late night.” The man is prone to hyperbole, but on that point he’s right on. Whether they’re slow jamming the news or backing guests from Public Enemy to Michael McDonald, the band’s versatility makes them a perfect fit for whatever the host throws at them.

Back before they were TV (and Twitter) celebrities, the band honored Bono at the NAACP’s annual gala. The U2 singer was being presented with the 2007 NAACP Chairman’s award and for the occasion the band debuted a medley of “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “Pride (In the Name of Love).” MC Black Thought throws out some lines from their own “False Media” during “Sunday” and later tosses in Edwin Starr’s “War” for good measure. As often happens in the live setting though, guitarist “Captain” Kirk Douglas emerges the star. Ridiculous shredding plus a gorgeous voice make him the sextet’s not-so-secret weapon. Continue reading »