Friday, March 15, 2013

Covers Wish List #2

Welcome to the second installment of my covers series. Check out the first part if you haven't already. Since picking songs using shuffle worked so well for me the last time, that's exactly how I'm going to do it every time. As far as I know none of these songs have ever been done by any of these artists. I forgot to mention it last time, but wanted to urge everyone to check out any songs that they don't know. You should be able to preview all of them on Amazon or iTunes. Or even YouTube. Once again, if any of the artists featured in this installment happen to come across this than they can take it as a challenge. I imagine that some of the choices might throw a few of them for a loop if they did see it. Especially one of them. Remember: I'm trying to think out of the box and not always go with what seems obvious. Some choices are more creative than others.

If you came to this post via a direct link and missed part 1, you can find it here.

So that said, let's get started.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Covers Wish List #1

I'm a big fan of the shuffle feature. Sometimes there'll be a specific album I want to listen to and in those cases I usually end up listening to the songs in order. But most of the time I'll listen to music on shuffle. Whether it's a certain artist I'm listening to or one of my many playlists. I like the randomness of it. Of course, as anyone who listens to their music on shuffle knows, it can make for some pretty interesting transitions. Downright strange ones at times. Especially if you're like me and have some playlists that have a little bit of everything on them. It is said shuffle feature that inspired this post, which is going to be the first of who knows how many. I see this being an ongoing thing.

See, the other day I was doing something on my computer and listening to music and it went from Carrie Underwood to Janet Jackson. As I was listening to the Janet Jackson song, it occurred to me that Carrie Underwood could probably do an interesting cover of it if she wanted to. That got me thinking about covers in general and remembering some of the covers I've seen done in concert. And country artists seem to love doing covers. Not all of them, but many. Country acts will cover all sorts of different kinds of songs, though the most popular seem to be older country songs, classic rock anthems and relatively recent pop hits. I've seen some great ones over the years...and a few that maybe should've never been attempted. More good ones than not. I don't think I'm alone in saying that there's certain songs that I'd love see certain artists cover. 

In fact, as it turns out, there's a lot of songs I want to see covered. I had no idea how many until I started writing them down as I thought of them and quickly ended up with a list of over 50 songs. Wow. I was overdue to write a new post and didn't feel like reviewing anything, so I decided to start this series. A little different, but it should be fun. I'll do 10 songs at a time. There'll be songs that won't be too unexpected, others that you might not recognize and some that may leave you wondering if I've suffered a blow to the head recently. I was trying to think a little outside the box here. As far as I know, none of these artists have ever done any of these songs. 

Since the shuffle feature is what inspired this, I've decided to let that determine what songs I include and in what order. Yes, I actually made a playlist of all these songs. Because, why not? If there's any songs that you would like to see covered by a country artist, let me know and I'll include it in a future post. Giving you credit, in whatever way you want me to. First name, twitter handle, what have you. And if any of the artists mentioned here happen to stumble across this post, they can take the suggestion as a challenge and maybe give said song a shot. Stranger things have happened, after all.

Starting off with the song that got me thinking about all of this...