“Telephone” The Morning Pages (Lady Gaga)

Posted on November 18, 2010

Brooklyn roots-rockers The Morning Pages illustrate just how far a Macbook with iLife and a YouTube channel will get you in this world. Catchy country-rock groove that I would actually listen to on the way to work.

“Last Christmas” Manic Street Preachers (Wham!)

Posted on December 23, 2009

Sweet acoustic version by James Dean Bradfield in a pub. Interesting tidbit about the band: one of their members vanished some years ago and is presumed dead.
Err…Merry Christmas!

“Crazy In Love” Switchfoot (Beyonce)

Posted on December 17, 2009

This almost doesn’t work. But then somehow it does. Credit to Switchfoot for figuring out a way to do this.

“Karma Chameleon” Kids Incorporated (Culture Club)

Posted on December 12, 2009

Bet you didn’t see this one coming, huh?

Ah….Kids Incorporated. You’ll know American television execs are out of ideas when they resurrect this show.

What’s sad is I would have traded all my action figures to be on this show. You would have too.

“I Want You Back” Jer Coons (Jackson 5)

Posted on December 07, 2009

I think we’ll be hearing more from Jer Coons very soon. It seems he’s an artist who could break out in the next year. Here’s a cool little song that you can play around the campfire to impress a girl, which I’m guessing is why 95% of guys learn to play guitar. It worked for me.

“Rock With You” Jane Lui & Gabe Bondoc (Michael Jackson)

Posted on September 28, 2009

Open Mic Monday! They called him the King of Pop for a reason. This is going to be stuck in my head all day, which is just fine by me. Here are Jane Lui and Gabe Bondoc having an impromptu jam with acoustic guitar and little keyboard. I love their confidence in posting this, foibles and all. Very endearing guys!

“God Only Knows” Switchfoot (Beach Boys)

Posted on September 25, 2009

Switchfoot performing the Beach Boys‘ “God Only Knows” from Pet Sounds. What love song begins, “I may not always love you…”?! This one does and it is beautiful. If you’re not listening to Switchfoot, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Great music coming out of San Diego.

“Rainy Days & Mondays” Aeryn Martin (The Carpenters)

Posted on September 21, 2009

There has been a deluge of rain around here for the past several days. So today on Open Mic Monday, “Rainy Days & Mondays” by renaissance woman Aeryn Martin. She’s got a good rich deep range. I probably shouldn’t have been, but I was surprised by how popular The Carpenters seem to be with Asian fans of karaoke and women who own 5 or more cats. But finally I found this version which I believe you will enjoy. Here’s to Sunny Days & Tuesdays coming your way very soon.

“My Sweet Lord” Billy Preston & Friends (George Harrison)

Posted on September 13, 2009

What a beautiful tribute to their departed friend George Harrison. Here’s Billy Preston, the fifth Beatle (yep, look it up) with Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Phil Collins, Tom Petty and George Harrison’s son. Billy Preston died probably not too long after this was performed.

“Train in Vain” Annie Lennox (The Clash)

Posted on September 01, 2009

Maybe it’s my Ameri-centric world view that keeps me baffled at how many Brits make good soul singers. I mean, Annie Lennox is from Aberdeen, Scotland. That’s a long way from Tupelo, for those who don’t know. So while I definitely love her voice, which is soulful, I do not like this cover personally. But maybe you will, so here you go. Annie covers The Clash in “Train in Vain.”