How do artists interpret the same song?
By Rachel James (Treasurer/Writer)
There is no denying the earworm of the summer, "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen. Think you don't know it? Here's a little reminder.
I have yet to get sick of it, but that's probably because it keeps getting refashioned over and over again. It has been analyzed for clues to the Euro crisis. And it's certainly the most we've heard from a third place finisher on Canadian Idol...ever. But what most intrigues me is the number of covers that have already been released.
I first noticed this phenomenon when FUN (of "We Are Young" fame) released a cover they had recorded live at Dutch radio station. And it was fantastic!
Pretty straightforward and sticking to the regular melody and song structure. However, it is interesting to hear a man's voice singing these lyrics. It got me intrigued to find other covers of this song sung by men. Then I found this:
Pretty different, right? How can a song that's so bubbly and cute take such a dark turn? Thank you, Ben Howard.
But the best cover came out this week. And it melts my cynical, jaded heart.
Oh, Cookie Monster, me missed you so bad!
RACHEL JAMES is a native New Yorker and theatre baby. Her plays have been produced by The 52nd Street Project and Starfish Theatreworks. She currently makes a living working the various box offices of Off-Broadway.
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