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Calum Scott “Golden Slumbers” Cover

I’m sharing this beautiful lullaby cover of The Beatles “Golden Slumbers” by the magical Calum Scott in honor of my nephew who was born 3 weeks ago today – love you Jamesy!!!

Pentatonix “Hallelujah”

Unless you do not have access to the internet or any form of media, you are aware of the general sense that 2016 was a shit year – and I completely agree. Let’s be real, we humans are screwing the pooch big time… It’s a new year now, though, which means it’s another chance to start over and try to be better and do the right thing. Whatever that means.

This cover of “Hallelujah” from Pentatonix is strikingly beautiful and raw. To me it epitomizes, in song, the light that can come from the recent darkness. The world has never been a perfect place but it’s still standing, even after the most desperate of times. And that’s something to sing about.

 

Civil Twilight “Dancing With Myself” (Billy Idol Cover)

Just beautiful.

Foy Vance (The Theme From Cheers)

Foy Vance adds a layer of depth to this song that’s missing from the original. I love this cover.

 

Calum Scott “Dancing On My Own” (Robyn Cover)

I don’t know anything about Calum Scott but dear lord this cover of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” (basically my theme song) is too beautiful for words. You just have to listen to it.

Gavin James “Magic” (Coldplay Cover)

Ugh. This is exactly how I feel and I want to cry because this song is so beautiful and he is so beautiful and I am so hopeless.

Sofia Karlberg “Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” (Adele Cover)

The perfect breakup song for adults.

I actually like this version better than Adele’s (sshh).

Autre Ne Veut “Little Red Corvette” (Prince Cover)

This is the most perfect thing I’ve heard in a long time. RIP Prince.

Farewell American Idol …For Now

American Idol sang it’s final tune last night. I was an avid viewer and fan of the first 8 seasons, half-watched 9, came back for 10 & 11, but kind of fell off the Idol wagon when Simon Cowell left the judges panel. I stuck around another year or so but was never as engaged after Season 11. Last night, after watching many past contestants perform on the Idol stage one last time, I thought I’d take a look back and re-watch all of my favorite performances throughout the series. Here they are!

Jason Castro “Hallelujah” – Looking back, the soft-spoken dread-locked singer-songwriter was my favorite Idol contestant of all time. His voice wasn’t spectacular by any means but if you watch his interview bit before this performance, that’s basically why he was my fave.

David Archuleta “Imagine” – This may be the single best solo performance on Idol in all its 15 years. Not only is Archie’s voice crystal clear but he sings with such natural conviction that a lot of contestants just don’t have.

Carrie Underwood “Alone” – I just always liked this song and her take on it. I forgot Simon predicted her to win & sell more records than any other previous Idol winner. And that she did.

Carrie Underwood & Rascal Flatts “Bless The Broken Road” – While this isn’t technically a performance that got “judged”, this is when I was first introduced to my future wedding song.

Alison Iraheta “Alone” – For me, no one has ever covered this song as well as Alison Iraheta (not even Carrie).

David Cook “Always Be My Baby” – Watching this again, I got chills. What David Cook did to this song is mesmerizing.

Hayley Reinhart “Bennie & The Jets” – She was probably my favorite female contestant throughout the course of the series. The girls got pipes.

Adam Lambert “Tracks Of My Tears” – Oh my Adam. This gentle take on the timeless Smokey Robinson song is breathtaking. That last note, are you kidding me? Praise.

Trent Harmon “Chandelier” – I admit, I didn’t watch many episodes of the last season of Idol. However, I did catch this particular performance and while re-watching it, I cried. A lot. Trent’s take on Sia’s pop hit is incredible. After crowing him the winner of Season 15, I think it’s safe to say that American Idol ended on a VERY high note.

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