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Alessia Cara “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” (Elton John Cover)

A cool cover of my favorite song from Sir Majesty Elton John.

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Schitts Creek is “The Best” Show on TV

As someone who suffers from severe anxiety and has been struggling lately to find her place in this world, I’ve felt a little bit better lately since discovering the wonder that is Schitt’s Creek. When the real world around me (often) feels likes it’s crumbling to pieces, it’s nice to know I can turn on an episode and almost instantly feel a sense of comfort. That may sound stupid to some people, but I’m not ashamed to admit that I find more happiness in a fictional town than in my own city, that I find more humanity in fictional characters than in most people I’ve actually encountered. Schitt’s Creek is my happy place and if given a one-way-ticket to the rural landscape with it’s quirky-yet-heartfelt characters, I would gladly accept.

Obviously, David Rose is my favorite character on the show. I say obviously because if you’re an avid fan of the show like me, I 100% assume that he’s your (or one of your) favorite characters. I could be wrong, but I don’t think I am. So, besides the fact that I’m obsessed with literally every. damn. thing. that David says and does (“Have a blessed day!”), it’s the relationship between his character (played by the show’s BRILLIANT creator/writer Dan Levy) and Patrick (played by the charming Noah Reid) that really gets me. Watching them interact is the most heartwarming, beautiful thing I’ve ever witnessed on TV. I’m in awe of how perfect the acting and writing is for those two characters and I applaud it, fondly.

In Season 4, currently airing on the POP channel on Wednesdays at 8pm, we soon learn the unofficial anthem of David and Patrick, which is Tina Turner’s “The Best”. While I’ve been indifferent to that song in the past – my TT song of choice was always “I Don’t Wanna Fight” – thanks to Schitt’s Creek, every time I hear it, I smile. After belting it out to the original version, I highly suggest taking things a bit slow with Noah Reid’s ridiculously gorgeous rendition (below) that his character Patrick sang to David on Episode 6: Mic Night. What I’d give to have someone masterfully cover an 80’s pop song for me!

The main point I’m trying to get across here is that if you haven’t seen Schitt’s Creek yet, I highly recommend you go do that now. Trust me, your mind and heart will thank you for it.

Fall Out Boy “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”

LOVE this fun cover from the FOB’s. Also, I’ve never heard a bad version of this song. It’s just one of those timeless songs that sounds good in any genre.

 

Cover Girl

Here’s a list of some solid cover songs I’ve landed on recently plus a Boyce Avenue one I’ve loved for some time now.

Such a beautiful, slow-downed version of the original.

LOVE me a good, solid Boyce Avenue cover. This take of MJ’s “Will You Be There” (from the 90’s Free Willy movie, ah nostalgia!), is probably my favorite of all his covers. And he has a lot.

This is such a gorgeous song to begin with and when you throw Brett Dennen’s unique voice on top of that, you have yourself a brilliant cover.

Just lovely.

A fun, acoustic version of one of the most fun songs of all time.

I’ve always thought this song had such a great tune – the version I’m most familiar with is the Stars On 54, dance version – and this subdued version proves that this song is timeless.

I find this song very melancholic but it’s one of my favorite Beatles songs and this is a great take on the original. FYI I highly recommend listening to more of Imaginary Future if you haven’t – he recorded some other covers worth checking out.

I don’t have much faith in friendship these days, but Joshua Radin is one of my all-time favorite singer-songwriters, bonus points for him being a really nice guy (at least he was the night I met him briefly back when I worked in the biz, as they call it), and this cover is super sweet like him.

SEAWAVES is another artist that not only has created some beautiful covers (like this one), but has some good, original tunes to listen to as well.

Bastille “Basket Case” (Green Day Cover)

Good to hear new music from the boys of Bastille, even if it isn’t an original. Fantastic cover.

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.

 

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