May 142020
 

In Memoriam pays tribute to those who have left this world, and the songs they left us to remember them by.

Sinatra later albums

Frank Sinatra hailed from an era where singers were singers and songwriters were songwriters, and rarely the twain did meet. Great American Songbook standards penned by the likes of Irving Berlin, the Gershwin brothers, and Cole Porter were tailored to Sinatra’s specifications by master arrangers like Nelson Riddle, Gordon Jenkins, and Billy May, and brought to life by Sinatra’s formidable interpretive skill. “I’m a real stickler for perfection, in my work and most other people’s work too,” Sinatra said of his approach in 1956. “I find myself picking whatever I do apart, which I do believe is quite healthy.” Continue reading »

Apr 232020
 
live from home covers

Every week the names doing these covers from home just get bigger. This past week got a boost from Global Citizen’s all-star charity event, from which several of today’s set come, as well as one major appearance in last night’s Jersey for Jersey fundraiser (Fountains of Wayne’s heartbreaking “Hackensack” from that is worth watching too, though, except for guest bassist Sharon Van Etten, it’s not a cover).

But, amidst the all-stars, musicians at every level continue to take to the internet to perform covers. We’ve got some of the best we’ve seen below. As always, we make no claims to being comprehensive, so share any other favorites in the comments. Continue reading »

Apr 212020
 
billie eilish finneas cover

There’s a great Prince quote from back in the day that perfectly encapsulates why he was so special: “I never wanted to fit in with my music, whatever the trend was, I usually went in the opposite direction.” And while Prince was a singularly spectacular and unprecedented talent, it is reassuring to know that that a bit of that same spirit and philosophy lives on, within arguably the biggest pop star of right now, Billie Eilish. Which is to say, the further she travels in the other direction, the better she gets.

That extends to her choices in cover songs which can be kind of offbeat. For Global Citizen’s recent One World: Together At Home concert event she and her brother-slash-musical partner Finneas chose to perform a song that, while born out of tragedy, was built to uplift, Bobby Hebb’s eternal classic from 1966, “Sunny.” Continue reading »