Ear to the Ground: The Unheard Music – Vol. 1

So… every week I add anywhere from 30 to 80 songs to my MP3 player.  These become part of the Morning Shuffles you have come to know and love…  Each shuffle has between 3 and 5 songs.  So even at 5 songs for 5 days, I max out at 25 songs per week that I am able to present in the Morning Shuffle.  Obviously, this leaves a large number of songs that I have not been able to play for you.  Over the past several months, I have been collecting a playlist of the best of those unplayed tracks.  As the year winds down, and I contemplate a new phone with increased memory capacity, I wanted to begin to present some of these songs.  I have ripped off the band X and called this segment, The Unheard Music.

These will be video posts with little to know explanation or description….



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Thursday Morning Music (Covers) – Pride & Joy Mix

Day 3 of no morning music: the crisis continues.  Today is  the day, I would normally be presenting some interesting covers songs, and  but so, I was thinking about Covers on my way in to work – what makes a great cover, a good cover, a failed cover or a pointless cover.

Of course it is all subjective, but here goes my take on that subject at least for the time being:

A great cover can happen when a great artist takes on a great song and owns it.  In many cases, over time, some people may even forget that the song is a cover – take Janis Joplin’s definitive version of Kris Kristofferson’s Me & Bobby McGee.  Or this cover:

Another situation which can produce a great cover occurs when an artist you love deconstructs some over-produced popular song of the day.  I recently heard Ryan Adams version of the Ratt song Round and Round.  But, one of my all-time favorite examples is this track:

Of course,there are also some really cool deconstructed versions of some really cool songs.  Case in point, Grant Lee Phillips outstanding album nineteeneighties which features tracks like this one:

Here are some tracks mentioned or referenced in today’s post:

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Under The Covers: Classic Lookout! Records Cover Songs